By Reginald Allen II
Special to the AFRO

As if the COVID-19 pandemic was not enough, the Morgan State University community lost another student this year. 

Jordan Cofield, 20, a multi-sport student-athlete at the Baltimore campus, died in a motorcycle accident on Interstate-795 in Owings Mills, Md. on Aug. 22.

With this loss comes somber feelings from family, friends, and teammates.

Dr. Chere M. Goode, Cofield’s mother, told the AFRO, “Jordan had an amazing, winning smile that would captivate and he had a winner’s spirit. Everything he touched turned to gold.”

Jordan Cofield, star student-athlete at Morgan State University died in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 22. (Courtesy of Jordan Cofield’s family)

Tyrone Wheatley, Morgan State football head coach, emphasized in a tweet the character and scholarship of Cofield, calling him a “tremendous student-athlete.” 

Cofield held a 3.26 grade point average with status on the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. He was a junior business administration major.

Goode explained her son’s upbringing paved the way for his scholastic prowess. “His father and I were successful entrepreneurs. We had two sons and instilled in them that they could do anything. Jordan took that and ran with it.

“Jordan accomplished so much in a short time. He made his parents extremely proud,” Goode said.

According to a statement by NFL Draft Diamonds, “Jordan Cofield was turning into quite the star at Morgan State. The return man and wide out from Maryland may have been small, standing at 5-foot 8-inches, but he was a speedy player. Cofield was one of the best return men in the MEAC conference.” 

Cofield dominated every sport he was involved in. Goode added that “Jordan represented HBCUs. He was No. 1 in the men’s 60-yard dash. He also ranked No. 2 in kick return yards in the MEAC in the past season.”

This loss marks another student gone too soon from Morgan State University and the world. Earlier this month, on Aug. 10, Joseph Graham, 20, a rising sophomore engineering student, was killed in a rowhouse gas explosion in Northwest Baltimore.

Alana Bynes-Richardson also contributed to this report. Both reporters are students at Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication.