Former Grace Christian Academy football player remains critical

Students, faculty pray for former Grace Christian Academy football player as his condition remains unchanged

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BALTIMORE (WATE) - Former Grace Christian Academy football player Will McKamey remains in critical condition Monday, after collapsing during a spring football practice at the U.S. Naval Academy on  Saturday.

His coaches say he collapsed after taking a hit to the head at practice.

The Navy running back was rushed to the hospital for surgery, and they say he hasn't been conscious since.

Coach Lincoln Thomas says McKamey will have tests Monday to determine the next steps.

"He's got a lot of support, you know here, in this community, in this church, in this school, with his football family, athletic family, everybody around. And you know, it's the wonderful thing about the type of place he is now at navy. You know, that plus more support up there as well," said Lincoln.

McKamey's mother thanked everyone for their prayers Sunday on Facebook, saying in part, "It amazes me how this one kid is touching so many...from coast to coast! Our God is using Will for a huge platform right now!"

Will's alma mater Grace Christian Academy put on a strong show of support for their former star player on Monday. The rock outside of the school was painted with the school's colors, along with the hashtag, #WILLMIRACLE.

"Any type of these stories that are sports related, I think it does touch a wide spread community, I was amazed yesterday. I was receiving emails from people in California, Florida, even heard this morning on "Sports Animal" a soldier from Iraq had called in and just offered his condolences and prayer that something amazing will happen from this," said Rob Hammond, Headmaster of Grace Christian Academy.

For the faculty and staff of Grace Christian, it's been a difficult 48 hours as they try to help students process what has happened.

"Telling them God has a plan and God loves you but in life there are difficulties but God is always there to be with us in those times," said Hammond.

Will is well loved and respected by the faculty and students of the school.

"Will is an amazing young man, he's the type of man you'd want your son to grow up and be like," said Hammond.

That is why they're sharing Will's story and the updates on his conditions on social media, asking everyone to come together in support.

"We just want our community, Knoxville community to know we truly are trusting in God to perform a miracle. Will is in miracle territory and our hope today is that will take place," said Hammond.

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