LARGO — Bobby Roundtree, a former Largo High School football star and University of Illinois junior defensive lineman who suffered a severe spinal injury during a swimming accident on May 18, remains hospitalized at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, according to the university.
"Bobby continues to have a positive spirit and intends to fight hard during his recovery," Illinois football coach Lovie Smith said in a press release. "He has a long road ahead during his recovery and we will be there to support Bobby and his family the entire way."
Smith and several other Illini coaches, staff members and teammates spent the past week in the Tampa Bay area supporting the Roundtree family before returning to Champaign, Illinois, on May 28.
According to the school, the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has identified an internal working group to coordinate Roundtree’s medical and rehabilitation care and is in daily contact with his medical staff.
Fundraising opportunities to help the Roundtree family with uncovered medical expenses are being planned around the first Illinois football game Aug. 31, according to the school.
Roundtree, who graduated from Largo High School in 2017, started 20 of 24 games during his first two seasons at Illinois, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in 2018. He was projected as one of the Illini's top players entering his junior season in 2019.