Washburn football player passes away

Press Release

TOPEKA, Kan. — Redshirt freshman-to-be Jermon Watson passed away on Saturday after injuries sustained from a single-car accident Friday afternoon.

Watson, a defensive end/linebacker, from St. Louis, Mo., played his prep ball at Rockwood Summit High School.

“We are very sad with the news,” head coach Craig Schurig said. “Jermon always had a big smile and such a great attitude. He was so strong mentally and physically. We saw him being an outstanding young player who did great in the classroom. He was a great player to be around and was here this summer working out and getting close with the team. He always had a big smile on his face.”

Schurig, who was at the hospital on Saturday said Watson was a registered organ donor.

“The doctors were able to harvest his organs and he’s probably going to help probably six to eight people and whoever gets them will have some strong organs,” Schurig said.

Funeral Information: The funeral will be held on Saturday at the Austin A. Layne – Normandy Chapel located at 7733 Natural Bridge Road; Normandy, Mo., 63121. The wake is scheduled at 9 a.m. and the funeral will begin at 10 a.m.