bal-bs-sp-marquese-meadow-20140824Originally appeared on the Baltimore Sun 

Marquese Meadow, an 18-year-old freshman at Morgan State University and defensive lineman on the Bears football team, died early Sunday morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital two weeks after becoming disoriented at practice, school officials said.

Meadow, a Washington native, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, and then to Hopkins, following practice on Aug. 10, according to Clinton Coleman, director of public relations and communications at Morgan. Coleman said Meadow was hospitalized since then, and was showing signs of improvement before his condition began to deteriorate Saturday.

“Our prayers go out to the family for comfort at this time,” Coleman said. “He was a well-liked young man on the team.”

His death is the second college football practice-related death in Maryland this year, following the March death of Navy freshman Will McKamey, who collapsed following a non-contact drill. The running back from Knoxville, Tenn. died three days later at Maryland Shock Trauma. READ FULL