UCF's Davis has kidney issue after collapsing

Updated: December 9, 2008, 11:12 AM ET
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UCF running back Brandon Davis collapsed during an offseason conditioning workout and was taken to a hospital Dec. 3, and there is some dispute about his condition.

Davis' mother, Donna, told the Orlando Sentinel that her son was suffering from acute kidney failure, but the school had said that he was suffering from dehydration.

Brandon Davis became dehydrated while participating in a routine weightlifting session that Wednesday and was taken to Florida Hospital East. His kidneys failed and he had tests on his liver and heart, Brandon's father, Adrian, said.

"He is going to be released either Thursday or Friday," Adrian Davis said, according to the Sentinel. "The doctors told us his kidney function has improved. His kidney, liver and heart are all going to be fine, and he should not have any permanent damage."

Florida Hospital East spokeswoman Jacqueline Lorenzetti said Davis was in fair condition Monday.

UCF's athletic department said in a statement Sunday that the training was "a rigorous out-of-season workout" that was "not atypical" for a college football conditioning session.

Leigh Torbin, the school's director of athletic communications, said in the Sentinel that about 40 players were at the workout, and that it met NCAA offseason guidelines and was supervised by the UCF strength and conditioning staff.

"We were told [by Brandon] the workouts were very strenuous and when he passed out, he was rushed to the hospital," Donna Davis said, according to the Sentinel. "And when he came to at the hospital, he was suffering from acute kidney failure. At the time, his heart also was in distress.

"He had no water in his body due to lack of breaks [in the workout] and not being given any water and fluids. This is what my son has told me and this is what the doctors have also stated is the cause of his injuries."

Davis collapsed nine months after freshman wide receiver Ereck Plancher died following offseason conditioning drills in March. An autopsy found Plancher had died from complications from a blood disorder that shut down his organs and can be brought about by physical stress.

Central Florida said it will investigate this latest incident.

"This is a serious matter, and we are proceeding quickly and thoroughly in our review," school president John Hitt said in a statement released by the university. "Since I learned of what occurred, I have held discussions to consider the best course of action for our university, football program and student-athletes. I look forward to talking about my decisions this week, but will not do so until our initial fact-finding process is complete."

Brandon Davis told the Orlando Sentinel he had been scared by the incident and was not ready to discuss it yet, but was hoping to leave the hospital in time to watch his high school football team play Saturday for the Georgia state championship.

"It's been a little nerve-racking with all the back and forth from the doctors," Brandon Davis told the Sentinel. "It's been a lot of tests and waiting and things I haven't experienced before. I've never been in a situation like this, and it's pretty tough."