Oklahoma Player Collapses at End of Thursday Team Workout: Reports
Some scary news surfaced out of Norman Thursday, as an undisclosed player reportedly collapsed following a team workout and he had to be transported to the hospital. KOCO’s Alyse Jones first reported the news, and several other outlets confirmed it, including AllSooners.
Thankfully, it appears the individual is set to recover. He is “responsive,” according to Jones, something the university confirmed in a statement.
“At the end of this morning’s OU team workout, a player experienced an exertional collapse and was immediately attended to by the team’s medical staff,” an OU spokesman said. “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.”
The Sooners are going through voluntary workouts right now as they prepare for the start of spring practice, which is now less than a couple weeks away. The first day of that is on March 22, and players are currently allowed to participate in a limited number of position drills.
Players who were on hand quickly reacted to the news. One of those was offensive lineman Tyler Guyton, whose tweet has since been deleted. But he offered the following: “Please send Prayers. Football is just a game we play.”
Tight end Jason Llewellyn, too, reacted publicly. “Just pray,” he said.
When more information becomes available, Heartland College Sports will be all over it. However, at the current time because of HIPAA laws, the player’s name will not be disclosed until the individual or team discloses it, even with rumors circulating.
Oklahoma is set to enter year two of the Brent Venables era in the coming days. In Venables’ inaugural season, it finished 6-7 for its first losing campaign since the 1990s.