Nevada DE Marc Ma presumed dead after paddleboard accident

University of Nevada sophomore defensive end Marc Ma is presumed dead after disappearing while paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe on Friday.

The search was called off on Saturday.

Ma was on a paddleboard trip with several football players Friday afternoon. The group was paddleboarding off Lake Tahoe's west shore when it encountered strong winds. Ma's paddleboard was found adrift.

Ma, who was from Honolulu, was 21 years old.

The NCAA on Monday tweeted its condolences.

Nevada football coach Brian Polian released a statement Saturday.

"The Placer County Sheriff's Office is calling this search one of recovery, not rescue. As such, it is with an incredibly heavy heart that we acknowledge the loss of Marc Ma, a beloved member of our Wolf Pack family.

"Laura and I spent time at the lake today with Marc's parents, Michele and Michael, and our thoughts and prayers are with Marc's entire family and friends in Hawaii and with those close to him here in Reno. We share in their devastation and will support them in any way we can. We are thankful for the courageous efforts of search personnel.

"Marc was a very special young man and it was an honor to work with him. He was universally liked and respected by his teammates, coaches and staff. Marc excelled in the classroom and had grown by leaps and bounds in the weight room and on the football field. His easy smile and cheerful demeanor belied a fierce competitive nature that would emerge in practice and excite our team.

"Our team has lost a friend and a brother and we are hurting right now. I have no doubt that we will rally together to love and support one another in manner that will honor Marc's memory."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.