The Tarleton State football family is suffering after hearing of the tragic passing of freshman defensive back Christian Champine, who was in a car accident Thursday evening.

"Our prayers are with the Champine family in the loss of their son, Christian," said Tarleton State head coach Cary Fowler. "Our prayers are with Malik (Brown) and for a speedy recovery.

"I ask for your prayers for this team," he continued. "Christian was a huge part of our family. He was very well liked and loved by his teammates and coaches. I ask for prayers that God can give us the strength to hold this football team together, prayers that God will mend their broken hearts once again, that we can give them understanding, trust and hope, and to be able to see God's wonderful power work through this tragedy."

Champine was traveling with his fellow freshman on the Texan football team, Malik Brown, when the accident occurred. Brown was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Bryan and treated for injuries but was reported to be in stable condition, according to sources early Friday morning.

Champine just completed his redshirt season for the Texans and was transitioning from wide receiver to defensive back during the spring. He was a 2014 graduate of Huntsville High School, where he was teammates with Brown.

The teammates were headed home to Huntsville after completing their final exams Thursday.