Freshman Player Dies At TSU Football Practice

William Wayne Jones III, a Tennessee State freshman football player, collapsed during practice on Wednesday. He was pronounced dead more than an hour later.

Sports officials at Tennessee State are puzzled as to what caused the 19-year-old player’s sudden death.

“This is a very tragic day for our entire Tennessee State University community and we are devastated by the sudden passing of this young man,” said Teresa Phillips, TSU Athletics Director, according to reports.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time. Our University and our football team are hurting as we feel the loss of one of our own. As a team and a family we will grieve alongside the family and do everything we can to help support the family through this very difficult time,” Phillips added.

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Online sources noted Jones, a defensive back, passed out and fell to the grass at around 4 PM.

Tigers coach Rod Reed said trainers found Jones unconscious and without a pulse. He was brought to the hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:50 PM.

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