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TTU player still in coma

Tennessee Tech wide receiver Drew Hixon remains in critical condition after a violent play in Saturday’s football game against USF at Raymond James stadium, a TTU press release said Monday morning.

Hixon remains in a medically induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, the release said.

The injury occurred when Hixon caught a pass in the middle of the field and was sandwiched between USF safety Javan Camon and cornerback Mike Jenkins.

Emergency personnel attended Hixon while he lay motionless on the field for about 10 minutes.

Hixon has not regained consciousness since the incident. He underwent tests Saturday night that indicated a brain injury.

“It’s a difficult situation,” USF coach Jim Leavitt said. “My heart aches. We ask the Lord to wrap his arms around (Hixon). Our hearts go out to his family.”

Thomas Simonetti