Mississippi State announces death of freshman football player
Mississippi State announced the passing of freshman offensive lineman Sam Westmoreland on Wednesday afternoon.
Westmoreland was 19. He was a Tupelo, Miss., native and was in his first season with the Bulldogs.
“The Mississippi State Athletics Family is heartbroken by the sudden death of Sam Westmoreland,” head coach Mike Leach said in a statement. “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.”
The university also said in a statement that it is working with a number of departments, including the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office and the Oktibbeha County Coroner’s Office, to “determine the facts of this incident.” Further comment is not expected until the conclusion of that investigation.
Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen also released a statement:
“We are heartbroken by the sudden loss of Sam Westmoreland,” Cohen wrote. “Mississippi State is a family, and we are all mourning during this trying time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Westmoreland family and everyone who knew and loved Sam.”