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Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia)
October 31, 2013 Thursday
State Edition
METRO; Pg. B-01
450 words
Athlete apparently had recent concussion;
New Kent linebacker died Tuesday after collapsing at practice
ERIC KOLENICH

NEW KENT New Kent High School sophomore Jacob Vick died Tuesday after he collapsed during football practice.

New Kent coach Dan Rounds told the Newport News Daily Press that he did not know the cause of Vick's death. He said the Trojans were going through team drills when the player collapsed. Vick was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he later died.

A VCU Medical Center spokeswoman said the hospital had no information regarding the situation.

According to the Daily Press, Vick recently suffereda concussion. He was cleared to play last Friday against Lafayette, but didn't.

A 5-foot-11, 215-pound starting middle linebacker on the varsity team, Vick had a 3.7 GPA as a freshman, according to his profile on Hudl, a website for college football prospects.

New Kent County Public Schools SuperintendentRobert F. Richardson Jr. issued a news release asking media to give Vick's family and the school privacy.

"On behalf of the New Kent School Board and school community, may I offer my sincerest condolences to the family of our New Kent student. We can only imagine the extent of the grief they are experiencing through this very tragic loss," Richardson said in the release.

"Out of deep respect for the family's privacy, and consistent with their request, I will have no further comments, nor will I answer questions at this time."

New Kent canceled most of its after-school activities Wednesday and asked its students not to talk to the media about Vick.

New Kent assistant principal Chris Valdrighi said he was unable to provide any specific information at this time.

"We will have further information as we are able to release it," he said.

School counselors were present Wednesday to assist the student body through the grieving process. Principal Yvonne M. Jones told The Times-Dispatch that New Kent was "very fortunate to have staff members and counselors available and are assisting the high school during this trying time."

The Trojans are scheduled to play at Bruton on Friday and at Warhill the following week. Despite a 2-6 record, New Kent is on the cusp of reaching the playoffs for the first time in years, thanks to the Virginia High School League's realignment.

Deaths have been rare in recent years among high school football players in the Richmond area. In 2006, Highland Springs freshman Raymond Winn died after he collapsed during conditioning. In 2000, Anthony Craig Lobrano, a senior at Varina, died after he became ill during football practice.

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Staff writer Joe Macenka contributed to this report.

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November 1, 2013

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