Player death probed in South Carolina

Updated: August 2, 2011, 9:30 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a 14-year-old South Carolina high school football player who collapsed following a weekend morning practice.

Darlington County Coroner J. Todd Hardee said Tyquan Xavier Brantley, a freshman at Lamar High School, died at a hospital late Saturday.

Hardee says tests are being conducted to determine if the death was heat related or from another cause. The heat Saturday afternoon rose to 101 degrees, a near-record, according to the National Weather Service.

"We are heartbroken at this terrible tragedy," Dr. Rainey Knight, superintendent of the school district, said, according to the Florence Morning News.

Darlington County School District spokeswoman Audrey Childers said it was the team's second day of light practice in helmets but no pads. Brantley was walking off the field when he started to complain about cramps and then collapsed, Childers said in the News' online report.

Childers said players were on the field about an hour and got a five-minute water break every 20 minutes. She said the team resumes practice Monday night.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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