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College Football Freshman WR Has Passed Away From Cancer

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Idaho's football program announced some tragic news this afternoon, as a Vandals' wide receiver has passed away.

Collin Sather, a 19-year-old wide receiver at Idaho, has died from Stage 4 renal cancer.

"Collin Sather, 19, passed away early Tuesday morning after a battle with cancer. Please join us in honoring Collin and supporting his family, teammates and loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Collin," Idaho announced.

Sather began experiencing stomach pain on Jan. 17 and was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Spokane on Jan. 21.

"Collin was a tremendous young man and a great teammate," said head coach Paul Petrino. "It is a testament to him to see how many of our players cared so deeply about him and how many lives he touched in the Vandal Family in such a short time. We challenge our players to be tough and always choose character. Nobody did a better job of that than Collin. My time with him made me a better person and I know his teammates feel the same way."

Idaho's athletic director also released a statement:

"On behalf of the Vandal Family, our deepest condolences go out to Collin's family and loved ones," said Interim Director of Athletics Pete Isakson. "Collin made a profound impact on the lives of those he touched throughout our department and across the campus community. The loss of a 19-year-old is difficult to comprehend and we are here for anybody who needs help during this challenging time."

Rest in peace, Collin.