University of Arizona offensive lineman Zach Hemmila died overnight as he slept, the school announced Monday. He was 22.
Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez told reporters he didn’t know the details of what led to the death of Hemmila, a senior studying regional development. Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said Hemmila “passed away in his sleep last night.”
“We lost a great young man,” a tearful Rodriguez told reporters. “Everybody in our program is hurting.”
Hemmila, a redshirt junior who joined the team in 2012, was projected to be the Wildcats’ starting center.
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SOURCE: USA Today, A.J. Perez