Ole Miss freshman airlifted to hospital
A freshman football player at Ole Miss was airlifted to the hospital Monday morning after suffering a serious injury in practice.
Rebels coach Lane Kiffin initially told reporters on a conference call that tight end Damarcus Thomas had no feeling in his entire body after a collision in practice.
“He was hit and hasn’t moved since,” Kiffin said. “The helicopter is on its way now. I have to sit here and answer questions and do my job, but right now nothing seems very important. He got hit and never moved and hasn’t had any feeling in his entire body.”
Kiffin later updated Thomas’ condition, saying he had some feeling in his extremities by the time he was loaded into the helicopter.
Thomas was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Miss., Sports Illustrated reported.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that, personally,” Kiffin said. “We were a little over halfway through practice. We started moving the ball and things like you usually do, then you go back and check on him, but I don’t think there was any way to practice, seeing what we saw. Coaches want to get reps and all those things, but I could care less.”
Kiffin said that Thomas’ family had been informed. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound native of Whatley, Ala., was ranked as a three-star prospect in the Class of 2020 by 247 Sports. He has played in five of the team’s six games this season.
Mississippi (2-4, 2-4 SEC) is scheduled to play its next game on Nov. 14 at home against South Carolina.
–Field Level Media