WEST POINT – In the coming seasons, Tyler Wallace was going to be an anchor on the offensive line for the West Point High football team.
The 15-year-old freshman died in his sleep Thursday night.
The cause of death has yet to be determined, said West Point football head coach Chris Chambless.
“We don’t know,” Chambless said. “The autopsy report hasn’t come back yet.”
This past season, Wallace played on the freshman team. He recently had moved up to the varsity as an offensive lineman for spring workouts.
A turf toe, however, sidelined Wallace for much of the spring, including the spring game May 14 against Louisville.
“His work ethic and the example he set for his teammates was tremendous,” Chambless said. “He was just a joy to coach.”
In honor of their freshman teammate, the West Point High football players wore their jerseys at Wallace’s funeral Monday morning. Chambless said the team will dedicate this upcoming season to him.
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