Berkeley, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Cal announced that one of its football players died Friday after collapsing during a conditioning workout.
According to sources, 21-year-old backup defensive end Ted Agu passed out during a team run Friday morning. A newspaper report said he died at a local hospital.
“This is a very difficult time for our football family,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff. He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed.”
“This is a very painful time for the entire Cal family; in the days and weeks ahead, my focus will be on providing every member of our community the support and information they need to get through this time,” Athletics Director Sandy Barbour said.
Barbour also requested the media to “respect and understand how this tragedy is impacting Ted’s family, his teammates, friends and the members of our campus community.”
“We will get through this together,” he added.
Earlier, Agu, originally a non-scholarship player at Cal, said he was surprised by Dykes at a team meeting last March with the news he was being put on scholarship.
A public health major at Cal, Agu earned Pac-12 All-Academic second-team honors after compiling a 3.28 grade-point average last fall. He played in seven of Cal’s 12 games last season, totaling six tackles.
A news release from the Cal athletic department said players were being provided counseling services to help cope with Agu’s loss.