Former Cal Poly football player Kevin Hess is in intensive care at a San Luis Obispo hospital after sustaining a head injury in a skateboarding accident, former teammates confirmed Saturday.
Hess, who was a senior during the 2011 season, still lives in San Luis Obispo and has a job on campus at Cal Poly, Mustangs head coach Tim Walsh said.
“I really think he loved Cal Poly, and that’s why he was still here,” Walsh said.
“We in the program want to support Kevin as much as we can. It’s kind of a hang-out-and-see-what-happens thing.”
Described as one of the most popular players on the team during his five years with the football program, Hess was a key contributor at defensive tackle in each of his final three seasons and a primary backup at defensive end as a redshirt freshman.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Arcadia High graduate played in 41 career games, racking up 50 total tackles and five sacks.