More tests to be run on UCF player who collapsed at practice

Updated: March 19, 2008, 7:02 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orange County Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday that the autopsy on a Central Florida football player was ruled inconclusive.

The medical examiner said more testing will be needed to determine what killed redshirt freshman Ereck Plancher. The office said the tests would take several weeks to complete.

Plancher lost consciousness Tuesday after strength and conditioning drills. UCF was scheduled to start spring practices Wednesday, but those drills have been indefinitely postponed.

Plancher, a 5-foot-10, 184-pound wide receiver from Naples, Fla., was among 80 other players who were headed home after lifting weights and running before he collapsed.

Players, coaches and immediate support staffers gathered for a private memorial on campus Wednesday afternoon, the Orlando Sentinel reported on its Web site. Coach George O'Leary and players reflected on Plancher and his time with the team.

"I didn't get the chance to know him [Plancher] as intimately as some other people in the program, but it is obvious to me that this was the model young man and person who everybody tried to emulate," UCF associate athletic director Joe Hornstein said, according to the Sentinel.

Plancher's funeral service is scheduled for March 29 at the high school he attended in his hometown of Naples, the Sentinel said. The UCF team will attend the funeral.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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