Cornerback Robert Grays, a sophomore at Midwestern State, has died after he was injured with about 3½ minutes to go in the Mustangs’ 35-13 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in Wichita Falls, Texas this past Saturday.
He was the second college football player to die this week. College of Wooster offensive lineman Clayton Geib, 21, died Sunday, a day after the school said he was “complaining that he was not feeling well” following the Fighting Scots’ 38-20 victory over Ohio Wesleyan in Wooster, Ohio.
“He’s made this tackle hundreds of times, but it was just one of those situations that landed wrong,” Kyle Williams, interim athletic director, said, via The Wichitan. “It was traumatic for all of us, particularly the football players. As a campus, we are thinking about him every day.”
About 700 people gathered Monday at the school as a show of support for the fallen player. The school released the following statement immediately after the game in which Grays was injured.
“We all know you share the concern of the well-being of MSU sophomore Robert Grays who was injured in last night’s football game. Robert is bolstered by the presence of his family and teammates.
The injury of any student, especially in such a public manner, greatly affects us all. We know you will join us in keeping of Robert and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We are in contact with Robert’s family, and have offered any assistance the university can provide.
Likewise, we stand with our athletes, coaching staff, and Robert’s friends and classmates during this time. Counseling and support services are available to all members of the Midwestern community.”