ANNAPOLIS, Md (WUSA 9) - Naval Academy football player Will McKamey passed away Tuesday while in a coma at Baltimore Shock Trauma. McKamey, 19, was a Fourth Class Midshipman or Plebe from Knoxville, Tennessee.
On Saturday, McKamey collapsed during spring football practice. Over the weekend, McKamey's mother issued a statement saying this was the second time Will had collapsed, referencing a 2012 incident in high school.
"Since his prior accident in 2012 Will has been seen by four different neurosurgeons," said Kara McKamey. "He had 4-6 CAT scans and MRI's to rule out any issue and clear him for contact. After his prior incident he went without any contact for over nine months to just be safe. We feel obviously there is more going on in his brain than we could have ever detected. I want to be clear that the Navy football program nor us as his parents would have ever allowed him to be in a dangerous situation. We don't know why this happened, we can only have faith that God's plan is the perfect plan and only He can be the ultimate healer and source of comfort for all of us during this time."
"We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey," said Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Mike Miller. "This is devastating news for his family, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy family. We offer our deepest condolences to Will's family, friends and shipmates in the wake of this tragedy."
Midn McKamey was an Oceanography major in 3rd Company.
"During this most difficult of times, first and foremost, our prayers and thoughts turn to Randy, Kara and their beautiful family," said Ken Niumatalolo, USNA Head Football Coach. "Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to their entire family and friends. As our Navy football family mourns the loss of one of our brothers, we also celebrate and honor his life. He loved his family, his friends and his teammates. The Brotherhood loves you! Keep the ball "high and tight" in Heaven."