ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy football player Will McKamey, who was hospitalized after collapsing at observe three days ago, has died while in a coma. He was 19.
The Naval Academy says the freshman running back from Knoxville, Tenn., died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore together with his family by his aspect.
"We are all so very heartbroken by the dying of Midshipman Will McKamey," Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Mike Miller stated in an announcement. "That is devastating news for his household, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy household. We provide our deepest condolences to Will's household, associates and shipmates within the wake of this tragedy."
We offer our deepest condolences to Will's household, friends and shipmates within the wake of this tragedy.
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Vice Adm. Mike Miller
McKamey collapsed during spring practice Saturday and was airlifted to the Shock Trauma Heart.
Earlier this week, McKamey's family said in an announcement released by means of the varsity that their son didn't maintain "a nasty hit or unusual or extreme contact" in that follow.
"The Navy coaches have poured by way of the films of observe and seen nothing greater than Will carrying the football normally, doing what he truly loves," the household said.
McKamey's father, Randy, a high school football coach at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville, posted on Twitter that his son underwent surgery Saturday to alleviate strain on the mind.
Will McKamey performed for his father and ran for more than 2,000 yards as a senior at Grace Christian in 2012. He suffered a head harm during a game late within the season that triggered him to be hospitalized.
His family mentioned he had been cleared to renew taking part in football after seeing four neurosurgeons and undergoing a number of CAT scans and MRI exams.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound McKamey did not play in a recreation last season. He was an oceanography major in third Firm at the Naval Academy.
"Throughout this most difficult of occasions, firstly, our prayers and thoughts turn to Randy, Kara and their stunning family," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo mentioned. "Our deepest and most sincere condolences exit to their whole household and pals. As our Navy football household mourns the loss of one in every of our brothers, we additionally rejoice and honor his life. He loved his family, his friends and his teammates. The Brotherhood loves you! Preserve the ball 'excessive and tight' in Heaven."
Navy mentioned funeral preparations are pending.
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