DeKALB, Ill. (AP) _ A student trying out for the Northern Illinois University football team died Friday after collapsing during conditioning drills.
Jawan Jackson, of the Chicago suburb of Robbins, was running sprints with the football team when he fell to one knee around 6:55 a.m. at the NIU student recreation center, the university said.
He collapsed while athletic trainers were tending to him and they immediately tried to resuscitate him before calling paramedics, according to the university statement.
Jackson, a 19-year-old freshman, was taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m.
``He appeared to be a healthy young man who was in fairly good shape,″ DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said.
Miller said an autopsy was scheduled for Saturday.
``We require that any athlete trying out for a sport sign a certificate that indicates they have had a physical exam and are able to participate in tryouts, and he had done so,″ NIU spokeswoman Melanie Magara said of Jackson.