On Thursday, Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell died.
He had been battling melanoma since November 2017, according to the Tennessean. Cockrell underwent radiation treatments for 20 weeks, but the cancer spread to his lungs by July.
That same day, former Allatoona High School (Acworth, Ga.) teammate Brandon Rainey, now a quarterback at The Citadel, announced he would wear Cockrell’s number, 82 in the season finale.
Right before taking the field for warmups on Friday, Rainey found out Cockrell had died, according to the Tennessean.
Rainey scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air, as The Citadel won 43-14.
After rushing for the touchdown to get the first score of the game, Rainey pointed to the sky before going to a knee and putting his hand to his facemask in memory of his 21-year-old friend.
What a moment.
The Citadel’s Brandon Rainey scored a TD wearing No. 82 to honor his former HS teammate and Vanderbilt TE Turner Cockrell, who passed away at age 21. pic.twitter.com/NYRf7MTXMh
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 30, 2018
Wide receiver Raleigh Webb, who was also a teammate at Allatoona High, scored on a 77-yard kickoff return touchdown while wearing a bracelet that said “Team Turner,” according to the Post and Courier.
The brotherhood of a football team is unmatched by anything and Turner is a one hell of a friend and deserves every bit of this. Let’s do this for #82
— Raleigh Webb (@raleighwebb_2) November 29, 2018