Rice player dies after collapsing in practice

September 26th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Rice player dies after collapsing in practice


HOUSTON - A Rice University freshman football player died Monday, a day after collapsing during a light workout.
Dale Lloyd, 19, a defensive back, collapsed on the field about 5 p.m. Sunday but was conscious when taken to a hospital by ambulance. He died about 9 a.m. Monday, school officials said.
"I just can't describe the pain we're feeling right now and the shock," Rice athletic director Chris Del Conte said. "It will take a long time to digest. The coaches are crushed. This is a tough time for all of us."
Lloyd collapsed while the team was doing some light running, Del Conte said. Although he didn't complain of anything specific, he told team trainers he didn't feel right.
"No one knows what happened," Del Conte said. "It's a mystery."
An autopsy was pending.
Coaches met with the team Monday afternoon to talk about Lloyd's death.
"He was a tremendous student who happened to play football," Del Conte said, fighting back tears. "His smile just lit up the room."
Lloyd played in Rice's season opener against Houston but didn't play the past three games, including a 55-7 loss to No. 19 Florida State this past weekend. The team planned to redshirt him.
Rice is scheduled to travel to face Army on Saturday. Del Conte said he hasn't made a decision on the status of that game.
"The Rice Owl family has suffered a devastating loss," coach Todd Graham said in a statement. "Dale was a tremendous person with the heart of a champion."

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