Sad news to pass along out of the Sunshine State. Warner University has announced that football player Theodore “Boobie” Hammonds died Tuesday after collapsing in practice.

University president Dr. David Hoag issued a statement Tuesday after Hammonds’ passing, announcing that the senior wide receiver collapsed after a non-contact during practice. He was transported to Lake Wales Medical Center, where he passed away:

The Warner University family has been deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students today, Tuesday, October 8. Theodore “Boobie” Hammonds, a senior member of the football team collapsed after a non-contact football drill. Members of the Warner University athletic training staff were on hand immediately and provided emergency care. Polk County Emergency Services responded and transported Theo to the Lake Wales Medical Center Emergency Department. Unfortunately, Theo was not able to recover, and he later passed away at the hospital.

Warner University places the highest priority on the health and safety of its students and student athletes. Certified athletic trainers were on hand at the time that the athlete collapsed and provided immediate emergency care. The cause of Theo’s collapse and ultimate death are not currently known, and it would be inappropriate to speculate regarding the cause of death at this time.

On behalf of Warner University and our faculty, staff, coaches and trainers, we offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to Theo’s family, friends and teammates in this difficult and uncertain time. We are devastated by his passing. We have made a Warner University Care Team available to provide compassion, support and counseling to members of our community. We know that our students, coaches and staff are in the hearts, prayers and minds of this community, and we thank you for your continued love and support.

We will share information about services as soon as it becomes available.

Hammonds had 14 receptions, 193 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season. Warner University is an NAIA program in central Florida (Lake Wales).