Mississippi State's Westmoreland dies at age 19

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Mississippi State football player Sam Westmoreland has died at age 19.

Mississippi State football player Sam Westmoreland dies at 19 4:10 PM ET Pete ThamelESPN Mississippi State football player Sam Westmoreland has died, the school announced Wednesday. He was 19. The school said in a release that the university was "deeply saddened" by the news. "The Mississippi State Athletics Family is heartbroken by the sudden death of Sam Westmoreland," Bulldogs coach Mike Leach said in a statement. "Sam was a beloved son, brother and teammate, and a tremendous young man with a limitless future. He will always be remembered and deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him. The entire MSU Family mourns as our thoughts and prayers go out to the Westmoreland family. Our highest priority is the support of the Westmoreland family and our student-athletes during this troubling time." Mississippi State said that the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office and the office of the county medical examiner and coroner are gathering information on Westmoreland's death. Westmoreland, a freshman, hailed from Tupelo, Miss., and played high school football at Tupelo High School. He was majoring in industrial technology at Mississippi State. Westmoreland walked on to the Bulldog team after a decorated career at Tupelo High, where he earned a spot in the Northeast Mississippi Football Coaches Association All-Star Game last year. He also earned Region 2-6A second-team honors after his senior year in in 2021-22.