Teen Dies After Collapsing on Football Field

Funeral results pending for 18-year-old Zach Shaver

Zach Shaver, 18, a football player for Tarleton State University in Stephenville died Monday morning, just two days after suffering a head injury during practice.

Shaver was airlifted to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth Saturday after he fell to the ground following a routine play, according to a statement on the Tarleton Web site.

There is still no word on Shaver's exact cause of death.

"Zach was a great young man, and I enjoyed watching him grow up over the years," said head coach Cary Fowler, on Tarleton.edu. "This is a very difficult time for the Shaver family and the Texan football family. Zach was a great person and teammate, and he was a pleasure to coach. We ask that everyone pray for his friends and family to help them through this difficult situation."

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Fowler was previously the defensive coordinator at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls and knew the Fowler family well.  Shaver, a red-shirt freshman from Wichita Falls who played for Rider High School, joined the team last fall as a defensive lineman.

Shaver is survived by his parents, Robbie and Jennifer and his sister Emily. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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