Morgan State University Athlete Dies After Collapsing

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Tragedy strikes Morgan State University after a freshman football player dies two weeks after collapsing during practice.

Rochelle Ritchie has more on his death.

Marquese Meadow, 18, was set to start his first semester of college this week, but instead Sunday morning he died at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“He was on the right track to make something of himself. Had a bright future,” said Clint Coleman, Morgan State University.

His death is a shock to students around campus.

“It was really devastating just to hear someone that I may not have known, but I see or I have seen around campus just to be gone,” said freshman Jackie Robinson.

Meadow was hospitalized after officials with Morgan State say he collapsed during practice. He signed with the Bears as a defensive lineman and had a promising football career.

“He was participating in workout sessions and became disoriented. The trainers did an evaluation and with the way that he responded they decided to call paramedics,” Coleman said.

Officials with Morgan State University say they have no knowledge as to whether or not Marquese Meadow had any sort any sort of medical condition prior to joining the football time. They say he was actually getting better just days before his death.

The fall semester at Morgan State University starts Monday morning. Students say the mood on campus has changed since they learned of Meadows’s death.

“I never knew he was sick or even close to passing away so it hit me off guard,” said freshman Jermaine Johnson.

Meadow is the second football player to die in Maryland this year. In March, Will McKamey, a freshman football player at the Naval Academy, died three days after collapsing during practice.

Students at Morgan say they hope the tragedy brings not only the football team closer together, but the campus as a whole.

“I feel like it’s going to be hard, but at the same time tragedy can bring people really, really close together,” freshman Tomi Tolliver said.

Details into exactly how Marquese Meadow died have not been released.

Meadow was from Washington, D.C. His father is an alumni of Morgan State.

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