MUSC: Citadel football player upgraded to fair condition

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Citadel football player who collapsed during practice Tuesday has been upgraded to fair condition following emergency surgery, according to a MUSC spokesman.

Freshman DaSean Daniels underwent surgery after collapsing on the field between plays on Tuesday, according to Citadel spokesperson Kim Keelor. The purpose of the surgery was to relieve pressure on the skull, Keelor said.

Prior to Friday, Daniels was listed in serious condition.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with DaSean and his family," said Citadel President John W. Rosa in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

Keelor said Daniels' parents, who are from Lawrenceville, Georgia, are by his side in MUSC's intensive care unit, Keelor said.

"The Citadel is a family, and we will ensure that DaSean receives the best possible care and that his parents are fully supported," Rosa said.

"DaSean is an outstanding young man from a great family," Citadel Head Football Coach Mike Houston said in a statement. "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."

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.

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