Texas Southern University football player Marquel Daigle suffered a head injury during a game against Southern University in Dallas on Saturday.
Daigle, a Gray native and former Covenant Christian Academy football player, was injured while trying to make a tackle in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game. He took a hard shot to the head on the play. Southern won the game, 28-21, at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that paramedics and trainers arrived on the field shortly after and placed Daigle on a stretcher. He was taken to a Dallas-area hospital.
Texas Southern coach Clarence McKinney told the Baton Rouge Advocate that Daigle had all of his vitals checked at the hospital and that it all came out to be positive.
Covenant Christian Academy assistant principal Troy Jackson, who coached Daigle in high school, said he talked with his former player this morning.
Jackson said Daigle was knocked unconscious after trying to make the tackle on Southern running back Southern running back Darbbeon Profit in the fourth quarter. The game was stopped for nearly 20 minutes as doctors and paramedics attended to Daigle on the field. Doctors stabilized his head and neck areas before taking him off the field.
Although he couldn’t move his arms or legs while on the field, Jackson said Daigle has started regaining feeling in his extremities throughout the night at the hospital. He also suffered a concussion.
Despite experiencing some pain, Jackson said all signs are looking good for Daigle, who is expected to make a full recovery.
“He’s conscious and talking,” Jackson said. “He’s getting his feeling back. There’s nothing broken. He’s just waiting to see the doctors for any more tests before they release him.”
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Daigle plays as a starting cornerback for Texas Southern. He entered Saturday’s game as one of Texas Southern’s top defenders with 34 tackles (24 solo, 10 assists), two tackles for a loss and one interception.