Catamount football family mourns loss of junior defensive back

The Western Carolina Catamount football family met Thursday, July 9, as it continued to cope with the sudden loss of Ja’Quayvin Smalls. The junior defensive back collapsed during a voluntary workout session on Wednesday evening and passed away at the Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.

The incident occurred during what was the first workout for the incoming players who joined the squad at Tuesday’s opening of WCU’s second session of summer school. Western Carolina canceled all remaining voluntary workout sessions scheduled for both Thursday and Friday, with plans to resume next week.

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