UPDATE – SFA Athletics has announced that both Micah Alan McAfoose and Graylan Paul Spring have died following a car crash on Friday, Jan. 20.
The following statement was issued by SFA Athletics:
“The entire SFA family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student-athlete Graylan Spring and baseball student-athlete Micah McAfoose. Graylan and Micah were two special people who meant so much to the Stephen F. Austin, our football and baseball programs and our athletic department. We ask that everyone keep their families in your prayers during this very difficult time.”
SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas and SFA head football coach Colby Carthel both also issued statements.
“Micah was a very special person who always had a smile on his face. He was one of the most fun-loving kids we have ever had in our program. He will be missed by our players and staff,” Cardenas said.
“Our hearts are broken at the loss of Graylan, and our prayers go out to the amazing Spring family. What a tremendous loss for those of us fortunate to know Graylan. He was a true champion, both on and off the field, and his legacy will love on forever within the Lumberjack football program,” Carthel said.
CORRIGAN, Texas (KETK) – Stephen F. Austin State University has announced that former SFA baseball player, Micah McAfoose was killed in a crash that left Graylan Spring, a SFA football player in critical condition.
SFA head football coach Colby Carthel said in a tweet that the crash involved a semi.
“Prayers needed for one of our own, Graylan Spring, a freshman WR for @SFA_Football. He was involved in a terrible accident yesterday, involving a semi,” Carthel said. “He is now fighting for his life and needs all of our prayers! Please pray for him, his family, and his entire medical team.”
The crash happened on Friday afternoon, Jan. 20 and Graylan Spring was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center. Dr. Steve Westbrook, interim SFA president, is asking for the SFA flag at their Vista Drive entrance to be flown at half-mast in Micah’s memory.
“Our entire community is deeply saddened by Micah’s death and Graylan’s injuries,” SFA’s statement said.
According to SFA’s statement the Health and Wellness Hub has counselors available for emergency walk-ins from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. SFA staff members and faculty can call the SFA Employee Assistance Program for help at 1-800-346-3549.