Morgan State football player dies over the weekend

Morgan State University freshman defensive lineman Marquise Meadow, 18, died Sunday after becoming disoriented during a workout two weeks ago, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Post, a Morgan State spokesman said Meadow had begun to improve, but had taken a turn for the worse Saturday.

Meadow is the second college football player in the last week to pass away. Kent State University right tackle Jason Bitsko, 21, was found dead in his apartment, Wednesday.

“Although I wasn’t here in the fall – our football team can empathize with those two programs probably unlike any other, unfortunately,” EMU coach Chris Creighton said in the Mid-American Conference weekly teleconference Monday morning.

EMU receiver Demarius Reed was found dead in the hallway of his apartment complex last October, and Creighton said the Eagles are still reeling from the tragedy. He also said he would work with Morgan State to honor Meadow.

“Our guys are still hurting – coming up on a year later of the passing of D. Reed,” he said. “I’m going to be speaking with Morgan State’s coach today and we’re going to want to do anything and everything to allow for them and for everyone to honor Marquise Meadow and just to respect the situation.”

Funeral arrangements for Meadow and Bitsko are still pending.

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