By Matt Kroschel

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4)– A freshman football player at Colorado Mesa University drowned while swimming at a popular, yet dangerous area called the Potholes.

Calls for help came in Wednesday evening from Glade Park in the Grand Junction recreational area.

Austin Worbington had gone into the water and a medical helicopter was used to fly him to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Worbington, 20, did not survive.

The Potholes are a local hangout and popular area for cliff jumping. Authorities say in a typical year there are at least two incidents and one death.

Colorado Mesa University issued this statement regarding Worbington’s death: We are deeply saddened by the loss of Colorado Mesa University student Austin Worbington of Peyton, CO. Austin was a freshman studying Kinesiology, and he played wide receiver for our football team. He was known as a positive, energetic, and well-liked student. He leaves behind many friends on this campus.

Counseling services were available on campus for students today (May 12, 2016). Students may schedule an appointment with a counselor by calling 970-248-1366.

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go to his family and friends.

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.


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