18-year-old Mississippi State soccer player Sam Westmoreland has died, the school said Wednesday.
Westmoreland would have turned 19 on Friday.
The school said in a press release that the university was “deeply saddened” by the news.
“The Mississippi State Athletics Family is heartbroken by the sudden death of Sam Westmoreland,” Bulldogs coach Mike Leach said in a statement. “Sam was a beloved son, brother and teammate and a great young man with a limitless future. He will always be remembered and deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. The entire MSU family is in mourning, while our thoughts and prayers go out to the Westmoreland family. Our highest priority is supporting the Westmoreland family and our student-athletes during this troubling time.”
Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt told The Associated Press on Wednesday night there was no suspicion of foul play but gave no further details. The State of Mississippi said the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office and the County Coroner’s and Coroner’s Office are collecting information about Westmoreland’s death.
Westmoreland, a freshman, was from Tupelo, Mississippi and played high school football at Tupelo High School. He studied industrial engineering at Mississippi State University.
Westmoreland joined the Bulldog team after a successful career at Tupelo High, where he earned a berth in the Northeast Mississippi Football Coaches Association All-Star Game last year. After his senior year in 2021-22, he also received second-team awards for Region 2-6A.
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/34832205/mississippi-state-football-player-sam-westmoreland-dies-18 Mississippi State football player Sam Westmoreland dies at 18