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Ted Agu collapsed during conditioning workout, dead at age of 21


Ted Agu passed away at a local hospital after a training workout in the Berkeley Hills. He was 21 years old.

Awful. Just awful.

At this time, we are deeply saddened to inform you that Ted Agu, one of our student-athletes and a member of our football team, passed away tragically this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ted’s family and friends, our players and coaches, and our University family. Our student-athletes are our priority and we are providing counseling services for our players. Please bear with us as we work to inform personally those closest to Ted; we will provide more information as it becomes available.

"This is a very difficult time for our football family," said Sonny Dykes, Head Football Coach. "Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff. He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed."

Athletics Director, Sandy Barbour, said, "Our heartfelt condolences go out to Ted’s family. This is a very painful time for the entire Cal family; in the days and weeks ahead, my focus will be on providing every member of our community the support and information they need to get through this time. I would ask that media please respect and understand how this tragedy is impacting Ted’s family, his teammates, friends and the members of our campus community. We will get through this together."

Agu was a walk-on to the Cal football team who earned his scholarship this past season. The junior from Frontier High in Bakersfield was a true Golden Bear in every sense. He was an honor roll student all four years in high school and brought that success with him to Cal, finishing with a 3.28 GPA last semester and making the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team. He has made a few tackles off the bench in a few games this season, and his positive presence was felt all throughout the locker room.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Cal locker room and the Golden Bear football family. Go Bears.