A college football player died after collapsing at practice earlier this week, Warner University announced in a statement.
Senior wide receiver Theodore Hammonds collapsed following a non-contact drill.
The medical staff immediately attended to Hammonds and he was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
University president David Hoag issued a statement about Hammonds’ passing.
Members of the Warner University athletic training staff were on hand immediately and provided emergency care. Polk County Emergency Services responded and transported Theo to the Lake Wales Medical Center Emergency Department. Unfortunately, Theo was not able to recover, and he later passed away at the hospital.
On behalf of Warner University and our faculty, staff, coaches and trainers, we offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to Theo’s family, friends and teammates in this difficult and uncertain time.
Hammonds caught 14 passes for a total of 193 yards with two touchdowns in four games this season. He had six receptions for a season-high 75 yards during the team’s season-opener at Cincinnati Christian.
Hoag revealed a cause of death has not been determined for the wide receiver. “The cause of Theo’s collapse and ultimate death are not currently known, and it would be inappropriate to speculate regarding the cause of death at this time.”
Our thoughts are with the Hammonds family and Warner community.