Oklahoma football player hospitalized after suffering ‘exertional collapse’ during practice, university says
An oklahoma football player was hospitalized Thursday after suffering an “exertional collapse” following a team workout, the Sooners athletic department said.
The university did not identify the player, but according to a report from KOCO, defensive back Gentry Williams was taken to Norman Regional Hospital, where he was said to be in good condition.
“At the end of this morning’s ou football team workout, a player experienced an exertional collapse and was immediately attended to by the team’s medical staff,” the athletic department said, via the university’s independent, student-produced newspaper.
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“As a precautionary measure, he was transported to a local hospital for further care. He is responsive and it is anticipated he will be released today.”
A source told KOCO that Williams collapsed after competing in a one-on-one tug-of-war drill toward the end of practice. The source added that it was a routine exercise that the Sooners, and “other programs,” have done for years.
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Williams, a freshman out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, played in all 12 games for the Sooners this past season where he registered seven total tackles and an interception.
The university provided another update on the player’s condition Thursday.
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“He has since been released and is heading home where he will spend spring break with his family. He will undergo follow-up exams with team physicians before he resumes athletic activities,” the statement read, via The OU Daily.
“We commend our medical staff that provided immediate and thorough care and are appreciative of everyone who has expressed concern for him.”