Two weeks after collapsing during a team workout and being hospitalized, Maryland football offensive lineman Jordan McNair died Wednesday. The Randallstown, Md., resident was a redshirt freshman.
The cause of death has not yet been announced.
McNair, who played in one game last season for the Terps, was a two-time All-Metro offensive guard at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md. Listed at 6 feet 4 and 325 pounds, he was a happy, smiling mountain with a promising football future. He was named to MaxPreps' Sophomore All-America team in 2014 when he was already drawing a long list of offers from top Division I football programs and was well on his way to becoming a four-star recruit.
Maryland acting athletic director Damon Evans issued a statement confirming McNair's death Wednesday afternoon.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, sophomore football player Jordan McNair," Evans said. "Jordan was a tremendous athlete, student, teammate and friend, and he will be sorely missed. We offer our deepest condolences to his parents, family and friends. ... For those who had the opportunity to know Jordan, you understand the sadness we are feeling.
"Our thoughts and support continue to be with his family as they grieve the loss of this outstanding young man."
Maryland football coach DJ Durkin also commented on McNair.
"Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team," Durkin said in a statement. "Jordan was a hard worker and he always had a smile on his face. He was an extremely talented football player and a humble and genuine human being. He embodied the essence of what it means to be a teammate. Jordan was a fighter. Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter. Please continue to pray for Jordan's family during this difficult time."
Current and former coaches and teammates took to Twitter to pay tribute to McNair. Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver DJ Moore, drafted out of Maryland this year, tweeted: "Rest In Peace Jordan McNair Gone To Soon."
"The world lost a great person today," McDonogh coach Hakeem Sule, an assistant coach when McNair played, tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "We will never forget the impact that (McNair) had in our lives. RIP Jordan ... "
Terps redshirt freshman quarterback Kasim Hill wrote: "Lord, words cannot explain anything right now. Thank you for allowing me to know a great friend, teammate and a man who was truly a brother. Watch over us all Jordan and rest in peace, Love you forever."
Freshman quarterback Tyler DeSue added a photo of McNair and tweeted: "Rest easy brother. U were taken to soon from us but we know that your in a better place now."
Jalen Brown, a freshman defensive lineman, tweeted: "R.I.P. Big Jordan McNair."
McNair was hospitalized after an organized team workout May 29. At that time, Durkin said in a statement, "Jordan's an outstanding young man and a beloved member of our Maryland football family. Our entire program is supporting Jordan and his family during this time. We're continuing to keep Jordan in our thoughts and prayers."
Players collapsing during offseason workouts have become a familiar refrain. Kent State freshman lineman Tyler Heintz died after a conditioning workout in June 2017, and his death led to the strength coach being fired.
According to research by Scott Anderson, Oklahoma's head trainer and an expert on player safety, many of the 35-plus college football-related deaths since 2000 have been traced to overexertion.
The Baltimore Sun's Talia Richman contributed to this article.