The FSU Football team lost a longtime member of its football program to an unexpected and sudden illness last week.
After a week of mourning and a short time away from football, the team lost three of its four seniors, starting cornerback Jameson Collins, safety Josh Wilson, and receiver Alex Okafor.
In the wake of the tragedy, the university announced the loss of four of its top-level recruits, as well as its defensive line coach and offensive line coach, among others.
Collins was a defensive back and Okaf a defensive lineman who started 11 games last season for the Crimson Tide.
The team also lost offensive lineman Taylor Bugg, linebacker Anthony Cota, and cornerback Darrin Jenkins.
The loss of Collins and Ocafor is the latest in a string of losses that the FSSU football program has suffered over the past two seasons.
In 2015, Collins was injured in a motorcycle accident and left FSU for the NFL.
He returned in 2016, but was cut and eventually transferred to Georgia Tech in the NFL Draft.
Okaaf was the second-leading receiver in FSU history in 2016.
He was a four-year starter at the position.
In 2017, Okaif was dismissed from FSU, ending his football career.
His death has devastated the FTSU program and the entire FSU program.
“Jameson was an exceptional athlete and leader, and we all lost a tremendous person,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement.
“His passing has taken a tremendous toll on our program and our community, and the FSO will be supporting Jameson and his family through this difficult time.”
“As we all know, death can be a part of life.
Jameson was a hard worker, a great friend, and a tremendous football player,” FSSUS coach James Polian said in the statement.
The team’s loss of Okaof will affect many, as it will be one of the hardest losses for a program in the country to deal with.
The FSSSU program has had four full seasons without a loss.
In the last two years, the program has won eight games and lost only two, a record that is only matched by FSU’s football program.
In 2017, the Crimson Flashes finished with the most wins in the SEC.
The program has been ranked in the top five in the AP Poll since 2015.