Nicholas "Nick" Blakely

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Stetson University defensive linebacker and former high school football standout collapsed on the field after practice and died on Monday.

Nicholas "Nick" Blakely, a 19-year-old sophomore from Lawrenceville, was on the sidelines shortly after practice started Monday evening when he told coaches and fellow players that he wasn't feeling well, then collapsed. He was rushed to Florida Hospital DeLand, and later died. 

Stetson University shared the devastating news on the school's athletics website,, where a memorial photo honoring Blakely's life has been placed at the top of the page.

University officials said grief counselors will be available at the Athletic Training Center with the football team. 

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, but friends and football players will gather at noon Tuesday for a memorial at Allen Hall. 

Blakely was a three-year letter winner under Archer High School's coach, Andy Dyer. He was a running back and safety. 


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