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April 15, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Ohio State football player Tyson Gentry remains hospitalized at The Ohio State University Medical Center after suffering a serious neck injury during practice Friday in Ohio Stadium.

Gentry, a sophomore punter and wide receiver from Sandusky, Ohio, was injured after being tackled on a pass play. He underwent surgery Friday night and is currently resting comfortably with his family at his side.

“Ty is alert and in good spirits and is receiving the very best in medical care,” said his father, Bob. “My wife, Gloria, and I want to thank the wonderful team of doctors and nurses for all that they have done for him. We also want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We ask that you continue to keep our son in your prayers.”

“Tyson is a wonderful young man, who loves the game of football and loves being at Ohio State and following in the footsteps of his dad,” said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. “Our players, coaches and everyone in the Ohio State Athletics Department family are praying fervently for his recovery.”

Ohio State spokesperson Steve Snapp will update the media as more information becomes available and in accordance with the Gentry family’s wishes.