Navy freshman football player Zack McKamey collapsed Saturday morning during a football practice at Annapolis. The reason for this collapse is unknown at present, but sadly McKamey died Tuesday night after slipping into a coma. He never regained consciousness after surgery to relieve swelling and bleeding in his brain.
The former Mister Football in the state of Tennessee was 19.
Here's the morning report out of Baltimore...
“We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey,” said Naval Academy Superintendent Mike Miller in a release. “This is devastating news for his family, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy family. We offer our deepest condolences to Will's family, friends and shipmates in the wake of this tragedy.”
“During this most difficult of times, first and foremost, our prayers and thoughts turn to Randy, Kara and their beautiful family,” said Ken Niumatalolo, Navy head football coach, said in the same release. “Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to their entire family and friends. As our Navy football family mourns the loss of one of our brothers, we also celebrate and honor his life. He loved his family, his friends and his teammates. The Brotherhood loves you! Keep the ball ‘high and tight’ in Heaven.”
McKamey suffered head trauma after a game against South Pittsburg in the 2012 season, but after MRI and CAT scans he was cleared for release and did not play any kind of contact sport for nine months...
Here's the original story from Knoxville from October of 2012...
McKamey, was a member of the Third Company at the Naval Academy, and was a 2013 graduate of Grace Christian Academy where he was a two-time All-State selection. Grief counselors have been made available on campus at Annapolis.