Spencer Webb: Oregon Ducks confirm tragic death of promising tight end

Eugene, Oregon - Oregon Ducks standout tight end Spencer Webb is tragically dead at 22 after an accident confirmed by multiple university coaches and players.

Spencer Webb of the Oregon Ducks scores a 12 yard touchdown catch against the Washington Huskies.
Spencer Webb of the Oregon Ducks scores a 12 yard touchdown catch against the Washington Huskies.  © Abbie Parr / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Webb was killed in a diving accident less than a mile from Eugene, where the University of Oregon is located, according to a statement released Wednesday night by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

A native of Sacramento, Webb reportedly died after hitting his head during a cliff-diving accident just west of Triangle Lake in Lane County.

Though Webb wasn't identified on scene by officials, the 22-year-old's death was later confirmed by Oregon university coaches and players on social media.

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Webb was entering his fifth-year junior season this fall and was projected to be a starter.

Webb played over 29 career games for the Ducks, collecting a total of 31 catches for 296 yards and four touchdowns, the majority of which came during the 2019 season, when he had a massive 18 catches for 209 yards and three scores.

In his latest season, 2021, Webb recorded 13 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.

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Spencer Webb of the Oregon Ducks warming up before a game against the Oklahoma Sooners.
Spencer Webb of the Oregon Ducks warming up before a game against the Oklahoma Sooners.  © RONALD CORTES / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

Following his death, Webb's close friends and family, as well as his teammates and coaches, all shared their grief-stricken tributes on social media.

"So full of life in every moment of the day," Oregon football head coach Dan Lanning tweeted. "Your smile and energy will be missed Spencer. I love you!"

Professional softball player and Oregon alum Haley Cruse Mitchell gave an insight into Webb's character beyond football.

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"I know many will remember Spencer for his talent on the football field," Mitchell tweeted. "But he was one of the most genuine, kind, and compassionate people I’ve ever met. He left his mark on everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. Tell your loved ones you love them."

The Oregon football team also wrote: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Spencer Webb. Our hearts go out to his family, teammates, and friends at such a difficult time. We will miss Spencer greatly."

Though an official cause of death has not been announced, there appears to be no evidence of foul play.

Cover photo: Abbie Parr / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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