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UCF player dies after practice

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Updated: Thursday, September 4, 2008 11:09

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E. Plancher

The tragic death of freshman running back Keeley Dorsey rocked the South Florida football team 14 months ago. On Tuesday, USF junior running back Moise Plancher was pained by the loss of another person close to him.

Plancher's cousin, Ereck Plancher - a redshirt freshman wide receiver at the University of Central Florida - collapsed and died after conditioning drills Tuesday. He was 19.

Ereck gathered with the UCF football team after conditioning drills, according to reports, but on his way out of the UCF athletics facility, he fell to one knee and was unable to get back up. Trainers administered CPR until an ambulance arrived.

According to WESH, a television station in Orlando, Plancher was taken to a local hospital but could not be revived.

"Ereck was a tremendous young man with a bright future. The entire UCF football family is saddened by the loss of Ereck," Knights coach George O'Leary said in a press release. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this truly difficult time."

USF coach Jim Leavitt was unaware that Ereck Plancher - a player recruited by USF while he was in high school - had passed away.

"All I know is that this is the most horrible experience that you'll ever go through in your life as a coach, for his family and for everybody involved," Leavitt said.

USF running backs coach Carl Franks spoke to Moise on Tuesday, and said that he was very upset.

"Any time a young person passes, it's just hard to fathom those kinds of things happening in life. He was a great person, and we're going to pray for his family and hope that they find some comfort," Franks said.

Franks sent Moise home to be with his family. No timetable was set for his return to the team.

"Carl did what he should have done," Leavitt said. "He told Moise to go home and spend time with his family. That's the most important thing for Moise right now."

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