Sam Westmoreland, Mississippi State footballer, dies at 19

Mississippi State football player Sam Westmoreland has died, the school announced Wednesday. He was 19 years old.

The school said in a statement that the university was “deeply saddened” by the news.

“The Mississippi State Athletics family is heartbroken by the sudden death of Sam Westmoreland,” Bulldogs coach Mike Leach said in a statement. “Sam was a beloved son, brother and teammate, and a wonderful young man with a limitless future. He will always be remembered and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. The entire MSU family weeps as our thoughts and prayers are with the Westmoreland family. Our top priority is the support of the Westmoreland family and our student-athletes during this troubling time.

The state of Mississippi said the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office and the County Medical Examiner’s and Coroner’s Office are collecting information about Westmoreland’s death.

Westmoreland, a freshman, is from Tupelo, Mississippi, and played high school football in Tupelo. He majored in industrial technology at Mississippi State.

Westmoreland joined Team Bulldog after a decorated career at Tupelo High, where he earned a spot in the Northeast Mississippi Football Coaches Association All-Star Game last year. He also earned second-team Region 2-6A honors after his senior year in 2021-22.

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