Mississippi State has announced the tragic passing of a student-athlete member of the football team.

Wednesday afternoon, the Bulldogs confirmed the passing of freshman offensive lineman Sam Westmoreland. Westmoreland was a native of Tupelo, Mississippi. He was 19.

Head coach Mike Leach addressed the tragedy via statement:

“The Mississippi State Athletics Family is heartbroken by the sudden death of Sam Westmoreland.  Sam was a beloved son, brother and teammate, and a tremendous young man with a limitless future. He will always be remembered and deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him. The entire MSU Family mourns as our thoughts and prayers go out to the Westmoreland family. Our highest priority is the support of the Westmoreland family and our student-athletes during this troubling time.”

According to Mississippi State, the university is working cooperatively with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office, the Oktibbeha County Coroner’s Office, the MSU Division of Student Affairs, and the MSU Athletics Department to determine the facts of Westmoreland’s passing.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Westmorelands during this tragic loss.