Citadel football player who collapsed coherent and talking

Dasean Daniels Mug

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – DeSean Daniels is quickly recovering in a downtown Charleston hospital from a collapse on the football field on Tuesday.

Daniels’ father said his son is progressing and that the doctors who operated on his son’s brain to reduce swelling removed his breathing tube Thursday morning.

David Daniels said since then his son has been talking with his football coaches at The Citadel. He’s even asked about what happened during Tuesday’s practice.

DeSean Daniels remembers falling, but he does have some problems with remembering a few things.

There is still a tube taking fluid off Daniels’ brain, his father added.

Daniels, a freshman, collapsed on the field between plays, according to school officials. He was taken by ambulance to the Medical University of South Carolina where he underwent emergency surgery to relieve pressure on the skull.

Daniels is currently in stable condition and progressing well in the MUSC intensive care unit, Citadel officials said.

His parents, who are from Lawrenceville, Ga., are by his side.

“DaSean is an outstanding young man from a great family,” said Citadel coach Mike Houston. “The entire Citadel football community is praying for him and his family. He is an important part of The Citadel and our football family. We’ll support DaSean and his family during this difficult time.”

During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Houston was visibly shaken by the incident, but said there was nothing strange about the practice.

Houston said Daniels stood in on about 15 plays and there were no violent hits during them. There was nothing out of the ordinary before Daniels collapsed, he added.

Daniels graduated from Greater Atlanta Christian High School in 2012 and joined The Citadel football program in the fall of 2014. He plays fullback and is majoring in business administration.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with DaSean and his family,” said Citadel President John W. Rosa. “The Citadel is a family, and we will ensure that DaSean receives the best possible care and that his parents are fully supported.”