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BYU's Ryan Folsom (36) looks to maneuver around New Mexico's A.J. Butler (34) at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Nov. 20, 2010.

Andrew Van Wagenen, Daily Herald

The BYU football family lost a member on Sunday when former Cougar walk-on running back Ryan Folsom was killed in a car accident in California.

According to the GoFundMe.com page, Folsom was driving to an interview on Interstate-5 when a car going the wrong direction struck him head on.

Folsom played at BYU in 2007 and in 2010-11, totaling 97 yards on 10 carries. Most of those came on a 74-yard run at Colorado State in 2010.

His former teammates have been reacting on social media:

  • “Ryan Folsom was that special guy in the RB room that was a combination of hardest worker and most humble,” former Cougar running back Michael Alisa tweeted from his @MichaelAlisa 42 Twitter account. “He was SO nice and always smiling. ALWAYS put in WORK! He loved the grind and pushed all of us to be better. He was and will forever be one of my brothers. #RBs all love”
  • “You wanna talk about a true team player, Ryan was that and more!!” former BYU running back Harvey Langi tweeted from his @unga45 Twitter account. “Worked his butt off everyday...took the tough road to play but never complained once!!! You were a great example to me our freshmen yr...Til we meet again kid! #BoB”
  • “My heart is broken from the news of losing a friend,” former Cougar quarterback James Lark tweeted Monday from his @jlark_3 Twitter account. “Ryan Folsom was killed yesterday in a car accident. He leaves behind his expectant wife and 2 kids. Please donate what you can to support his family at this time. He just finished med school.”

Here is the full account of what happened and the efforts being made on behalf of Folsom’s family, as was posted by Ian Cropper on GoFundMe.com:

“On January 7th, 2018, Ryan was driving on I-5 south to attend one of several interviews lined up for residency as part of his training to become a doctor.

“A car driving in the wrong direction of traffic struck Ryan’s car.

“Ryan was killed in that accident, leaving his two boys, and his wife who is expecting their 3rd child this month.

“He loved the Avengers and anything super-hero related, perhaps because he loved the idea of filling that role in any capacity. He loved being the super hero for his two boys, he loved the idea of being a doctor and saving lives.

“He looked in your eyes when you talked to him, and had a laugh that made you feel like you were the funniest person in the world.

“In his world, everyone was his “bro” or his “buddy”.

“This campaign’s purpose is to help provide for his wife and children. The young family was all-in for his medical training and now, in place of the hope of a stable income one day, has been replaced with student-loan debt and uncertainty.

“Perhaps only those who have been through medical school themselves really understand the forward thinking that’s required. You sacrafice your sleep, your health, your imediate financial security, and sometimes even a level of your relationships with loved ones because of the hope you’re holding in your family’s future.

“And when that future is ripped away, imagine the feeling of vulnerability you have... How exposed and susceptible

you feel...

“For the sake of those two boys, and Ryan’s grieving pregnant widow, we hope that you’ll join us in giving what you can to help them. While it will never replace the missing father and husband, it can help get them closer towards the life Ryan was hoping to provide for them himself.”

Those wishing to aid the family can find information at https://www.gofundme.com/ryan-folsom-memorial-fund

Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

Jared is the Sports Editor and BYU football reporter for the Daily Herald.