|Tennessee State freshman William Wayne Jones III died on Wednesday after collapsing at practice. (TSU Football photo).|
Days after suffering its second loss of the season, Tennessee State’s football team is mourning something no sporting event can compare to. ESPN reports that TSU freshman William Wayne Jones III died after collapsing at practice on Wednesday afternoon.
The 19 year-old walkon was participating in non-contact drills at approximately 4 p.m. when he collapsed, according to TSU coach Rod Reed. Two hours later he was pronounced dead.
“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. “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.”
TSU (7-2) will next take the field on Nov. 17 against Tennessee–Martin.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jones’ family and the entire Tennessee State community.