The death of a star member of The Rice University community has stunned the football team. According to reports, after missing a morning team workout, the 21-year-old Blain Padgett was found dead on Friday in his apartment after missing a morning team workout.
Fox 26 Houston has reported that, when the defensive failed to show up for the workout, some teammates went to check on him but they found him unresponsive in his apartment.
Blain's cause of death has yet to be determined. Speaking to media, the former Owls head coach David Bailiff said that Blain would have played in the NFL.
David recruited him out of high school in Texas.
It's news that absolutely hits your heart and brings tears to your eyes. You reflect back on the last conversations you had with him. The big gut hug he gave you when you walked out the door. Shocked, saddened.
Can't imagine what his parents and sister are going through because they're such a close family. Great kid, great player, team leader who influenced everyone around him. He would have played at the next level.
The new coach at Rice University, Mike Bloomgren, explained how the team was devastated by the news.
All of my thoughts right now are how best to help Blain’s family and his teammates in this very difficult period,
The Owls start spring practice on Monday. Blain's football bio calls him a "commanding presence along the defensive front."
According to The Houston Chronicle, after being named a preseason All-Conference USA third-team selection by Athlon and Phil Steele last year, Blain was expected to have a breakout season in 2018.