Emporia State football player dies in cliff diving accident

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Brexten Green, a wide receiver for the Emporia State football team, died over the weekend in a cliff diving accident in Grand Lake, Oklahoma, the university announced Tuesday.

The Grand River Dam Authority received an emergency around 6:30 p.m. Saturday about a man who jumped into Grand Lake around Dripping Springs and did not resurface, KFOR-TV reported. Rescue teams found his body in 31 feet of water.

Green came to Emporia State from Cashion High School in Cashion, Oklahoma. He was about to start his second year after spending the redshirt last season and was seeking a degree in business administration, university president Ken Hush wrote in a nationwide email. campus.

Hush said Emporia State’s counseling service was available to help anyone who needed it.

“This is a terrible day for Emporia State football and just a devastating loss for the Green family,” football coach Garin Higgins said in a press release. “Brexten was a great teammate who cared so much about this football program. This showed in his competitive spirit, work ethic and willingness to be there for his teammates. He will always be part of our Hornet football family.

Green was an All-State selection by the Oklahoma Coaches Association for the 2020 Oklahoma Class A State Champion Wildcats. He was the District A-3 Player of the Year as a senior after gaining 1,720 receiving yards, 409 rushing yards and scoring 27 total touchdowns.

“He was determined to be the best player he could be and would have become a great player for us because of those characteristics,” Higgins said.

Among Green’s surviving teammates is Jaylen Varner, a 2000 Marshall grad, Jaylen Varner, a redshirt sophomore, who picked up an assist for the Hornets last season after being traded from Missouri. He was the Owls’ first four-time NCMC player.

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