The University of California football program confirmed that junior defensive end Ted Agu died Friday morning. The 21-year-old Agu, from Bakersfield, collapsed during a team conditioning run, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“At this time, we are deeply saddened to inform you that Ted Agu, one of our student-athletes and a member of our football team, passed away tragically this morning,” the university’s statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ted’s family and friends, our players and coaches and our university family. Out student-athletes are our priority and we are providing counseling services for our players. Please bear with us as we work to inform personally those closest to Ted, we will provide more information as it becomes available.”
Agu played in seven games last season, making six tackles.
“This is a very difficult time for our football family,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff. He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed.”
Agu was born May 8, 1992, and was majoring in public health, according to an athletic department bio. He had 12 sacks as a senior at Frontier High School in Bakersfield, graduating in 2010.
He redshirted his first year at Berkeley and played in one game and had two tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2011. Agu played four games in 2012 and recorded one tackle.
Over the weekend, Agu posted video of himself and his friends storming the court at Haas Pavilion after the basketball team upset No. 1-ranked Arizona on Saturday night.
Marvin Jones Jr., now a wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals, recalled his former locker mate on Instagram.
There are few things that hit as hard as the death of a young person and by all accounts Agu was very well-liked and well-respected within the program and on campus.