College football fans are praying for the Mississippi State football team this Wednesday afternoon.
MSU head football coach Mike Leach announced just moments ago that Sam Westmoreland, a freshman walk-on offensive lineman for the Bulldogs, has died. He was just 19 years old.
"The Mississippi State Athletics Family is heartbroken by the sudden death of Sam Westmoreland, a freshman student-athlete with our football program," Leach said. "Sam was a beloved son, brother and teammate, and a tremendous young man with a limitless future. He will always be remembered and deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him. The entire MSU Family mourns as our thoughts and prayers go out to the Westmoreland family. Our highest priority is the support of the Westmoreland family and our student-athletes during this troubling time"
A heartbreaking development out in SEC territory.
The college football world is praying for the Mississippi State football team and Westmoreland family this afternoon.
"Mississippi State University was deeply saddened to learn of the death this morning of freshman student-athlete Samuel Westmoreland, 19, of Tupelo, Mississippi," the team announced.
"Tragic news out of Mississippi State. Freshman offensive lineman and Tupelo native Sam Westmoreland has died," said Stefan Krajisnik.
We send our heartfelt condolences to the Westmoreland family and Mississippi State football team this Wednesday.