WACO, Texas -- Baylor offensive lineman John Karkoska, who collapsed during a workout Sept. 13 and never regained consciousness, died Saturday. He was 19.
Karkoska's death came 10 minutes before Baylor took the field against Sam Houston State in the Bears first home game of the season. There was no immediate indication of whether the Baylor players were notified of their teammate's death either before or during the game.
'The Baylor family is greatly saddened by the untimely death of John Karkoska,' said Baylor President Hubert H. Reynolds. 'He was a highly motivated and an able student athlete who was already exerting a positive influence on the field and on the campus.
'We extend our most sincere sympathies to his mother and family and friends in this time of shock and grief.'
Karkoska suffered kidney and liver failure after his collapse and Baylor team physician Dr. R.W. Covington said the stricken player's condition deteriorated rapidly Saturday.
Covington said Karkoska suffered from a total, 'system failure.'
Doctors had said last Wednesday the underlying condition that brought about the collapse was possibly viral and infectious and not heat related. Karkoska had been receiving antibiotics and renal dialysis for several days.
Karkoska was a freshman redshirt player from Houston.