Wharton junior Sean McNamee remains in a hospital after sustaining a serious injury before football practice Wednesday afternoon.
McNamee was throwing the football around with his teammates before workouts when he fell, Hillsborough County School District spokesman Steve Hegarty said Thursday.
McNamee got up and seemed fine then eventually began to feel ill. One of the Wildcats' coaches brought him into the office and was concerned enough to call McNamee's mother, Hegarty said.
McNamee was taken to a local hospital. An update on his condition and further details were not immediately available.
Through the school district, McNamee's family asked for privacy.
"Right now he's just going through some things," Wildcats coach David Mitchell said.
Students from Wharton and elsewhere used Twitter to express concern for McNamee with the hash tag #PrayForSean:
• Pablo Toranzo @ToranzoPablo "#PrayForSean we love you dude wake up"
• Thomas Tonelli @t_j_t_3: "It amazes me how our school comes together as one in a situation like this. #PrayForSean"
• The Blue Crew @TheBlueCrew "Thoughts and prayers are with Sean McNamee and his family. Here's to a full and speedy recovery."
• The A @CodyEndris "Come on Sean, come back buddy. We love you kid #PrayForSean"
County athletic director Lanness Robinson said he was aware of the incident but did not have enough details to comment further.
McNamee, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior linebacker, leads the 5-1 Wildcats with three sacks and ranks second with 34 tackles. Against East Bay, he returned a fumble 83 yards for a touchdown in a 21-18 victory.