Utah State’s athletic director John Hartwell announced on Twitter that head coach Blake Anderson’s son has died.
“On behalf of Utah State University, the athletics department and the football program, our thoughts and prayers are with coach Blake Anderson and his family following the tragic death of his son,” the statement reads.
Anderson announced on Twitter his son Robert Cason Anderson died at the age of 21.
“ROBERT CASON ANDERSON… we laid your earthly body to rest today, but I cling to the promise of Christ that you are safe, and at peace in His presence right now. You are dearly missed, but the memory of your smile, your laugh, and your love for those around you will never fade”
Anderson has one other son, Coleton, and three daughters, Callie, Collins and Ellison.
The head coach shared Coleton, Cason and Callie with his late wife, Wendy, who died of cancer in August 2019. After his wife’s death, Anderson said he finds “peace” knowing she is in heaven.
“The only thing I can think of that gives me any peace at all, it’s just knowing that the reward that is waiting for her in heaven,” he said in an ESPN documentary. “I know she has it now.”
Anderson led Utah State to an 11–3 record with a Mountain West championship in his first season with the school last year. He previously coached Arkansas State for seven seasons, compiling a 51–37 record.