Mesa Coach Remembers Lost Player

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - On Monday Mesa State football coach Joe Ramunno spoke with 11-Sports about the painful death of one of his players.

Over the weekend redshirt sophomore Jonny Maxfield was in a one-car accident in his home state of Wyoming. He was transported to a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. On Sunday Maxfield's family made the painful decision to turn off life support and allow his organ's to be given to needy recipients.

At the Mesa State practice facility, Ramunno talked about the tremendous loss, which extends far beyond the football field. He cited Maxfield's outgoing personality and his involvement in student government. Ramunno called Maxfield's death a huge loss to the entire Mesa State family.

One of Maxfield's closest friends on the team, receiver Joseph Steege, will pay tribute by switching from No. 88 to Maxfield's No. 30 this season. Many of the Mavericks football team plan to attend funeral services in Wyoming.

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