ORONO, Maine (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The Maine football team plans to remember teammate Darius Minor all season long, starting with Thursday night's season opener at home against New Hampshire.
The Black Bears will wear a helmet sticker with Minor's initials and jersey number 39 throughout the season. Prior to the start of Thursday's game, the team will also observe a moment of silence in honor of Minor, the Orange County High School graduate who died during a late-July workout at Maine's Alfond Stadium.
Minor remains listed on Maine's roster, and head coach Joe Harasymiak has said that no one will wear No. 39 for the Black Bears for the next four seasons.
All CAA teams hosting games on this opening weekend will observe a moment of silence to remember Minor, who was going into his freshman season as a defensive back at Maine.
"The one thing, with him passing away and with us honoring him before the game and everything, we understand that football or life can be taken like that," Maine senior linebacker Sterling Sheffield said this week. "Every time that we go for a play, this could be our last."
On July 24, Minor collapsed about 15 minutes into a supervised workout for first-year players. Training staff and first responders were unable to resuscitate him. It was determined that Minor died of an undetected natural heart disorder.