Navy freshman Will McKamey dies at Shock Trauma

The Midshipman running back collapsed at practice

BALTIMORE - Midshipman running back Will McKamey, who collapsed Saturday at a football practice, died Tuesday night at Shock Trauma, Naval Academy officials confirmed.

McKamey was 19 years old.

“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.”

McKamey collapsed Saturday morning during a football practice in Annapolis. The reason he collapsed remains unknown. McKamey died after slipping into a coma.

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 and was named Mr. Football for the state of Tennessee as a senior.

“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 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.”

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be released as information becomes available. 

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