NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Officials at Tennessee State University said a redshirt football player for the school collapsed and died during practice Wednesday.
Officials said freshman defensive back William Wayne Jones III was taking part in a non-contact practice session Wednesday when he fell to the turf. Trainers found the 19-year-old player was unconscious and had no pulse. He was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m. at Baptist Hospital.
"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 them through this very difficult time."
Coach Rod Reed said Jones had just caught a ball and was throwing it to defense backs coach Ed Sanders when he collapsed.
Students, faculty and staff mourned the loss of the young football player. Some took to social media to express their condolences.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)