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Florida college mourns loss of football player who collapsed and died Monday

Stetson football players take the field in DeLand during the 2016 season.
Stetson football players take the field in DeLand during the 2016 season. gohatters.com

Stetson University is in mourning on Tuesday after sophomore Nick Blakely died after collapsing on the football field on Monday night.

The 19-year-old from Georgia was standing on the sideline of Stetson’s practice field in DeLand and was complaining of not feeling well before collapsing according to a release put out by the school.

Blakely was transported to a local hospital where he died.

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Stetson University sophomore Nick Blakely died Monday after collapsing on the sideline during an evening practice in DeLand. gohatters.com

According to the school, the school will host a gathering of friends at Allen Hall on campus Tuesday at noon.

Football coach Roger Hughes broke the news to the Hatters’ football team and the school said grief counselors are available.

The Hatters are scheduled to open their season Saturday in Connecticut against Sacred Heart.

Blakely, from Lawrenceville, Georgia, did not see any action as a freshman at Stetson last year and took a redshirt. Blakely was a defensive back who was a three-year letterwinner at Lawrenceville High School.

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