'Hero' coach: Watching player collapse was surreal

From: The Daily Herald

Orem football coach Tyler Anderson didn't get much sleep Thursday night -- and isn't expecting to get much more for the next few days.

His thoughts keep going to Tiger sophomore Ben Smith, who collapsed during a conditioning drill Thursday evening. Anderson and assistant coach Ward Wright immediately administered CPR until Orem paramedics, called by assistant coach Randy Lamoreaux, arrived on the scene.

"It was one of those things that you never want to happen as a head coach but I'm glad I was prepared and glad that we are required to have that CPR training," Anderson said Friday. "I was able to take action and I'm glad it turned out the way that it did. When you are doing CPR, you never know. There are always those thoughts that it could be the worst."

Smith's heart started beating on its own on the way to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, but the doctor discovered Smith had a heart condition.

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