Utah State University’s football team received a shock on Thursday when wide receiver Josh Davis collapsed during practice and had to be administered CPR.
The incident happened during Davis’ practice session at the school’s Logan campus. He collapsed and had to be given CPR by college staff. After a brief stay at Logan Regional Hospital, he was later transferred to McKay-Dee Hospital. To preserve his brain function, the hospital treated Davis with therapeutic hypothermia to keep his body temperature down.
The incident has been labeled “non-traumatic,” meaning it was not caused by any contact or injury. Davis’ parents flew in from California to be with him. His head coach, Blake Anderson, praised the training staff for their quick response, saying, “[There was] no hesitation at all. Miracle.”
The smiles say it all… it was a brutal night, but Josh never stopped fighting. Through God’s grace, and an amazing group of Trainers & Medical Professionals we are doing better ever minute today. So grateful for all the prayers & support lifted up over the past 24 hrs. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/jfsEQqZypK
— Blake Anderson (@CHbanderson) March 24, 2023
The incident has highlighted a worrying trend in college sports. In recent years, several other athletes have suffered similar incidents. David Hookstead, writing for Outkick, he said, “It’s an incredibly troubling trend nobody seems to have an answer to. What is causing so many young athletes in the best shape of their lives to collapse and suffer heart issues? That’s a question people need answers to and nobody should be afraid to ask for clarity on the situation.”
Update on Josh Davis.
We ask that you continue to keep Josh and his family in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/ASuhTLjVkC
— USU Football (@USUFootball) March 24, 2023
Fortunately, Davis is now in fair condition and no longer on life support. His condition is a testament to the quick response of the college staff, as well as the medical professionals at the hospital.
Aggie Family 💙#AggiesAllTheWay | #TOGETHER pic.twitter.com/tow4Gfu0S3
— USU Football (@USUFootball) March 25, 2023