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Utah State player hospitalized after he stopped breathing during practice

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Utah State's rivalry game against BYU on Wednesday suddenly seems trivial as a result of the scary medical situation involving one of the Aggies' top players.

Junior swingman Danny Berger is in critical but stable condition Tuesday night after he stopped breathing and collapsed during practice at the Spectrum earlier in the day.

Athletic trainers performed CPR to get Berger breathing again and used a defibrillator on his heart until an ambulance arrived. Berger was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, where he will undergo further tests and evaluations to determine what caused the collapse.

As a result of the incident, Utah State says the status of Wednesday night's BYU game is unknown. The Salt Lake City Tribune is reporting the game will be postponed.

Berger, a starter for Utah State, has averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in five games this season, helping the Aggies to a 4-1 start. The Oregon native blogged Monday about the joy of this past weekend's overtime victory at Santa Clara and how much he was looking forward to traveling to face BYU.

"It's good to get a road win like that win at Santa Clara but we cannot relax because we have bigger plans than winning one game," Berger wrote. "This week of practice is going to be very important and we need to get better everyday. It was a great first road trip to start the season, now lets go get us another W!"

Only 24 hours later, it's hard to read those words without cringing. Hopefully Berger makes it through this incident healthy and is able to return to the Aggies at a later date.

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