Christopher Smith

Navy Football Player McKamey Dies

Created on Mar. 26, 2014 12:35 PM EST

Navy running back Will McKamey died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, three days after collapsing at spring practice.

His father, Randy, posted on Twitter that his son had brain surgery Saturday to relieve pressure on the organ. McKamey did not sustain "a bad hit or unusual extreme contact" in Saturday's practice according to the Associated Press, citing a statement by McKamey's family.

McKamey suffered a head injury in 2012 that required him to be hospitalized, but saw four different neurosurgeons who cleared him to play college football for the Midshipmen.

McKamey was an oceanography major and did not play in a game last season.

"During this most difficult of times, first and foremost, our prayers and thoughts turn to Randy, Kara and their beautiful family," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said, according to the Associated Press. "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 is the second player to die after collapsing during a college football practice this year. Cal's Ted Agu died in February after a winter conditioning session.

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