Spencer Webb, a star for the Oregon Ducks, died close to his college campus.
Following the reported death of tight end prospect Spencer Webb in a diving accident, the University of Oregon and its collegiate football community are in sorrow.
According to the local Lane County Sheriffs' Office, which confirmed the incident to USA Today, it happened at Triangle Lake, a place famous for cliff jumping and natural rock waterslides that is about 35 minutes from the university's campus in Eugene.
The 22-year-old died after falling and hitting his head. He was about to begin his fifth season with the Oregon Ducks and play a significant role in his team's next season.
At about 2.30 p.m. local time, authorities reacted to a complaint of an injured individual. Witnesses and attending paramedics were unable to revive the child.
He was about 100 yards down a steep trail, and Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue workers responded to help bring him back to the road, according to the report. The death appeared to be unintentional and there was no sign of foul play.
Dan Lanning, the head coach of the Ducks, reacted to the incident by stating that Webb was "so full of life in every moment of the day."
We will miss your enthusiasm and smile, Spencer. I adore you," he continued.
Arik Armstead, a former Oregon student and teammate who is currently playing for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL, wrote, "Rest easy little buddy."
He shared a little video of the two in the locker room and lamented, "Great young man with a potential future gone too soon."
Webb, commonly known as "Spider," was a tight end who was recruited from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. He was ranked as the top tight end in California by ESPN and was also highlighted as a top 10 tight end.
He recorded 31 receptions for 296 yards and four touchdowns over his four seasons at Oregon.