After the passing of Colorado Mesa University senior running back Brett Oyiji, the Mavericks dropped their game to Chadron State 34-38 and now are trying to recover.
"It's something that you don't expect," senior quarterback Eystin Salum said. "You don't think it will ever happen. It's a major reality shift for your team."
CMU is going on as normal when it comes to practice, but that doesn't mean that Brett is not on their minds.
"We are battling together and we're going through the process together as well," Salum added. "He's a teammate, a friend, and someone who's had an impact on everyone here because he was a part of this team."
This is not the first time that Salum and CMU has lost a teammate. Back in 2016, red-shirt freshman Austin 'Worby' Worbington drowned in Glade Park and had a big impact on the team.
"Coach Martin put it, 'Brett had a light, and his light got put out, but he shines in each one of us. Our lights are still alive and we can still shine and let him shine through us," Salum said.
The Mavericks' next game is this Saturday on the road against No. 14 Colorado Mines.