Utah State Player Who Collapsed During Practice Suffered ‘Non-Traumatic Cardiac Arrest’

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Details have been released in the collapse of Utah State football player Josh Davis.

It was announced by the program an unnamed player collapsed Thursday and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Now, the Aggies have identified the player as Davis and announced he suffered “non-traumatic cardiac arrest,” according to KSL.

The school announced the following in part about Davis’ medical status:

Davis, a redshirt freshman wide receiver from Carlsbad, California, collapsed during practice on Thursday and was immediately treated by USU’s athletic training staff, led by Mike Williams, Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, followed by emergency medical personnel, who transported him to Logan Regional Hospital. Davis received initial critical treatment and was stabilized at Logan Regional Hospital before being transported to McKay-Dee Hospital, where their critical care team continued treatment with therapeutic hypothermia to lower the body temperature to preserve his neurological function.

Utah State coach Blake Anderson credits medical staff for saving Davis.

Utah State head coach Blake Anderson had high praise for the medical staff that took care of Davis when he collapsed. He also described his survival as a “miracle.”

“The training staff absolutely saved his life. No hesitation all. Miracle,” Anderson told the media Friday.

Details as to what caused Josh Davis to collapse still aren’t known, but he’s just the latest athlete to suffer a serious medical emergency.

In recent memory, a high school basketball player died after suffering cardiac arrest, a JSU player suffered an issue during practice and an Oklahoma player suffered “exertional collapse” earlier this month.

It’s becoming a very troubling trend.

Utah State player Josh Davis collapsed during practice. (Photo by Rick Dodd/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Make sure to keep checking back for the latest updates as we have them at OutKick. Hopefully, Davis is back to 100% as quickly as possible.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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