Navy RB Will McKamey remains hospitalized after collapse

The health status of Navy running back Will McKamey remained unchanged Sunday, per Facebook updates from his family. He remained hospitalized after collapsing one day earlier at practice.


The 5-foot-9, 170-pound slotback sustained a head injury Saturday during a spring practice at Navy, marking the second time in a two-year span he had such an occurrence.


This instance required cranial surgery to treat brain swelling and a blood clot. McKamey, a freshman at Navy, remains in a coma at a trauma center in Baltimore. He was airlifted there from practice.


“There is no new news,” wrote Will’s mother, Kara, on Facebook late Sunday afternoon, “unfortunately we still have only small responses from Will.”


A post Saturday night from Kara McKamey confirmed that Will was in a coma and that he was showing very small improvements and reaction to light.


The family says: "Our God is using Will for a huge platform right now" and that Navy football players and coaches "all here and doing everything in their power to pull Will through."


McKamey, a member of the Third Company at Navy, is a 2013 graduate of Grace Christian Academy in Tennessee.

He was an All-State selection and as a senior was named Mr. Football for Tennessee.

There have been a number of social media movements already to drum up support and prayers for the McKameys — this all just 17 months after Will McKamey suffered a head injury on the final night of the 2012 regular season for Grace Christian Academy.


He collapsed early in the fourth quarter of a win at South Pittsburg and was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.


McKamey had brain swelling and a brain bleed then but did not require surgery. He returned to Knoxville in less than a week’s time, though he did not play another snap of high school football.


He was later medically cleared to return to football and to pursue his career at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.


Navy put out the following statement Saturday night: “The entire Naval Academy family is shaken by this turn of events, and we are providing all the support we can to Will and his family.”


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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