U of Maryland lineman dies after collapsing on field
By admin - 2018-06-18 09:42:50

University of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair has died two weeks after collapsing following an offseason workout, the team announced Wednesday.

McNair had reportedly been hospitalized since losing consciousness May 29.

“Jordan’s an outstanding young man and a beloved member of our Maryland football family,” coach DJ Durkin said in a statement via the Baltimore Sun. “Our entire program is supporting Jordan and his family during this time. We’re continuing to keep Jordan in our thoughts and prayers.”

The details surrounding the redshirt freshman’s death are still unknown, according to the report, but school officials added that they would “be shared at an appropriate time, and in accordance with the wishes of the family.”

A four-star recruit and two-time All-Metro first-team selection from Randallstown, the 6-4, 325-pound McNair appeared in one game as a true freshman last season.

Offseason workouts have become a contentious issue in recent years, with most of the  35-plus college football-related deaths since 2000 reportedly linked to overexertion.  Last season, Kent State offensive lineman died of a heat stroke after an offseason workout, prompting the termination of the team’s strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher for providing false information about his certification. In 2014, Morgan State freshman defensive lineman Marquese Meadow died after suffering heat stroke after a preseason practice.