A former standout on the Carleton College football team died in a drowning accident over the weekend in western Wisconsin. De'Angelo Williams, 24, was a 2012 Carleton graduate and a three-year starter on the Knights football team.
According to WCCO, the incident was reported on Sunday morning just before 10:30 a.m. on Balsam Lake, which is about 60 miles northeast of the the Twin Cities.
Williams was in the lake swimming to a raft with a female companion. When the woman reached the raft, Williams had disappeared under the water. Authorities recovered his body about 75 minutes later, in about 10 feet of water.
Williams was a political science and international relations major at Carleton, according to a statement released by the Northfield, Minnesota college. He recorded 74 tackles and five interceptions in 28 games with the Knights.
"De'Angelo had an awesome personality," said Carleton football coach Bob Pagel in the statement. "He was always positive and willing to listen. He had a great attitude and was trying to get better all of the time."
Williams was also a graduate of DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis.
"He was unbelievably popular with his teammates, and after graduation he was an avid supporter of our program and came to many of our games," said Pagel.
Off the field, Williams was involved with Carleton's Office of Intercultural and International Life and the TRIO program, which are designed to "open doors of opportunity and access to higher education" for low-income and first-generation students.
It was a tragic weekend on the water around Minnesota and Wisconsin. Williams was one of at least four people who drowned in the two states.