Defensive back Darius Minor from Locust Grove, Virginia, collapsed on the field at approximately 1:15 p.m., according to a University of Maine press release. Members of the UMaine training staff and local first responders were unable to resuscitate him.
The cause of death of the 18-year-old University of Maine football team member was unknown Tuesday night.
It is believed to be the first time a UMaine football player has died during workouts since the program began in 1896.
“Words cannot express the grief we have following this tragic loss,” said UMaine head coach Joe Harasymiak, who had been in Baltimore earlier Tuesday for the Colonial Athletic Association’s annual media day. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Darius’ family and friends during this terrible time.”
Minor was also a wide receiver at Orange County High School and last fall was an All-Central Virginia first-team wide receiver and a second-team defensive back. He was a four-year varsity starter who led the Hornets to three straight postseason appearances.
He caught 57 passes for 763 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017, leading the Jefferson District in all three categories. He was an All-Jefferson District first team selection at both positions.
In his personal statement in his recruiting profile in Next College Student Athlete, Minor wrote, “Running out of the tunnel with thousands of fans screaming, that is any young athlete’s dream. I am determined to make that my reality.”
He further explained, “Seeing my single mother of three kids go to college showed me at a young age that things that may feel impossible and bring struggle will only bring reward in the end. Things are not just handed to you, you have to earn them. I am a hard worker and I make sure I try my hardest to excel at everything I do. I am a team player, I will work my hardest and do all I can to help make my team successful.”