Both of Ted Agu’s head football coaches Cal felt profound sadness at the news the 21-year-old died on Friday.
Former Bears coach Jeff Tedford, now offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, called it “a pretty sad day, for sure.”
Agu arrived at Cal as a walkon when Tedford coached the Bears, and last spring was awarded a scholarship by current coach Sonny Dykes.
“You can’t respect or admire anyone more than him,” Tedford said of Agu. “He was such a driven, passionate guy. He came to Cal with a vision and a goal for academics and football.”
Tedford called Agu a great “team guy” who was admired by everyone on the team.
“He had a very rigorous academic schedule but he also wanted to compete a high level,” Tedford said. “He was going to prove his worth. It was mission accomplished 100 percent.
“Not only did he earn a scholarship, but along the way he gained the respect and admiration of his teammates, which is far more important than football. My heart goes out to the Agu family and the Cal players.”