Mississippi State student and football player Samuel Westmoreland is dead at 18 

A Mississippi State University student and offensive lineman died on Wednesday.

Samuel Westmoreland, of Tupelo, Mississippi, was a freshman student-athlete majoring in industrial technology, the school said in a statement.

Westmoreland would have turned 19 on Friday, according to his athletics page biography.

We all in the state of Mississippi feel the impact of Sam Westmoreland's death," University President Mark E. Keenum said in a written statement

Westmoreland found Wednesday morning at Blackjack Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville 

Head football coach Mike Leach and athletics director John Cohen said they were saddened by the sudden death.

Westmoreland Tupelo shared on Twitter that his coach said Westmoreland was a leader who was elected captain of the team his senior year.

The university said it is working with the sheriff's and county coroner's offices to determine what happened. It said counseling sessions are available.