The first news of his death came around 4 p.m. on the afternoon of July 13
Spencer Webb tragically passed away on Wednesday, July 14 after hitting his head in a cliff jumping accident west of Triangle Lake in Lane County, less than a mile from Eugene, at the University of Oregon. According to reports from Ducks Wire, the player’s name and identity were not initially released as next of kin were not notified, but the first report came around 4pm on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office in a press release posted on Facebook about the incident: “The Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the rock slide just a short distance west of Triangle Lake at approximately 2:30 p.m. after receiving a report from an injured person had received. Upon arrival, MPs learned that a 22-year-old man who was recovering in the area fell and hit his head. Bystanders and incoming paramedics were unable to revive him. Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel responded to help get him back on the road when he was about 100 yards down a steep path. The victim’s name is currently being withheld pending notification of next of kin.”
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Webb, who was from Sacramento, attended Christian Brothers High School and was a junior at the University of Oregon. His sudden death shocked many. One of them wrote: “Incredible news…RIP Spencer Webb…gone too soon. Thoughts and prayers for his family and loved ones.” Another said, “Rest in Paradise @spencer_webb_18 One of my favorite memories is filming this TD video in 19′ of Spence at Husky Stadium. He prayed for his entire family, all his friends and team for a peace that surpasses understanding during this absolutely tragic and heartbreaking time.”
Calling Webb a supportive teammate, one said: “Heartbroken at the news of Spencer Webb’s passing. As well as being a suburban athlete, he was such a supportive teammate who wanted more for his teammates than himself. I spoke to him this spring and it felt like he had a newfound appreciation for football and life. R.I.P. Spencer.”
Oregon coach Dan Lanning, who Webb coached under, recalled Webb by saying, “So full of life every moment of the day. Your smile and energy will be missed Spencer. I love you!”
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Webb reportedly played in 20 games in three seasons with the Ducks, catching 31 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns. He was poised to be part of the Oregon offense in the 2022 season, which would have been his fourth with the Ducks.