Georgia Southern announces death of freshman offensive lineman
Georgia Southern has announced the tragic passing of freshman offensive lineman Jordan Wiggins this week.
The school said in a statement that “our thoughts are with the student’s family, friends and classmates.” No other information or cause of death was released by the university.
Wiggins was an electrical engineering major from Tallahassee, Florida. He was listed at 6-4 and 265 pounds.
He played at Godby High in Florida and was named to the All-Big Bend first team by The Tallahassee Democrat He was named the WTXL Scholar-Athlete of the Week and the Capital Outlook’s Youth of the Year for his work on and off the field.
“He never wanted to do anything if it didn’t make someone else happy,” said first-year Godby head coach Brandon McCray, who was Wiggins’ o-line coach fore two years, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “He was always there for his friends. He would do anything for his linemen. He loved football, but even he did that because it made his friends happy.”
Wiggins’ mother Althea Jones died in 2017, and McCray’s mother, Katherine Pondexter, took Wiggins in. McCray spent late Monday night consoling his mother and grieving his own loss of a former player.
“That was like my adopted son,” McCray said. “I coached with him for two years and against all his brothers for years. I’m still in shock. I don’t know what to think. I’ve still got a lot of his stuff here at my house. I’m just trying to be here for my mom and all our players.”
— Georgia Southern Athletics (@GSAthletics) October 22, 2019