Western Carolina player dies after workout

July 9, 2009 6:37:10 AM PDT
A junior defensive back at Western Carolina University, Ja'Quayvin Smalls, died Wednesday after participating in a voluntary offseason workout. Western Carolina spokesman Daniel Hooker said Smalls collapsed and was pronounced dead about 7:30 p.m. at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.

According to the university, was running during an evening workout when he collapse. Observers said he had complained of cramps at the beginning of sprint exercises and had been removed from the lineup to stretch.

The workout was the first for Smalls, who was enrolled in WCU's summer school. He had transferred from Georgia Military College, where he ranked second in tackles.


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