William Wayne Jones III, a Tennessee State freshman defensive back collapsed and died during practice yesterday. Jones, a defensive back “passed out and became unresponsive” during an evening practice on Wednesday. From News Channel 5.com:
“This is a very tragic day for our entire Tennessee State University community and we are devastated by the sudden passing of this young man,” said Teresa Phillips, TSU Athletics Director. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time. Our University and our football team are hurting as we feel the loss of one of our own. As a team and a family we will grieve alongside the family and do everything we can to help support them through this very difficult time.”
Jones was 19. There is no official cause of death.