Published: Jul 01, 2011 6:33 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2011 5:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The attorney for the family of a University of Central Florida football player who was awarded a $10 million wrongful death judgment says he welcomes the university's plans for appeal.

Steven Yerrid served as the lead attorney representing 18-year-old Ereck Plancher's family and says he also thinks the verdict by the jury after a 14-day civil trial will serve as a signal to the college athletic community at-large, that the care of athletes should be put before winning on the playing field.

Plancher died after a March 2008 preseason workout.

A spokesman for UCF says the fact that the jury didn't find enough evidence to award punitive damages proves that they took issue with some of the evidence in the case and is confident with its appeal prospects.

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