The Kent State community is mourning the loss of a freshman football player who died after practice Tuesday morning.
Tyler Heintz, 19, was transported to a local hospital after morning conditioning drills at Dix Stadium. There's no word on what symptoms he had, and the cause of death is still being investigated.
Late Tuesday evening, KSU released a statement:
"Today, the Kent State University family mourns the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, freshman football player Tyler Heintz. Tyler was transported to a local hospital by paramedics this morning following football conditioning drills at Dix Stadium. The cause of death is not yet known.Tyler was from Kenton, Ohio, and planned to study marketing and entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration. Tyler was recruited as a rising star on our offensive line. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family and friends, as well as Coach Haynes and the team, our athletics staff and our student-athletes."
Tyler attended Kenton High School and many of his friends and classmates took to social media to express their condolences and their praise for Tyler, saying that he was a hard worker.
Tuesday was just his second practice with Kent State Football after being highly recruited out of Kenton for the KSU offensive line.
In 2014, Kent State University football player Jason Bitsko died of natural causes just a few days before their season opener.
For the first time since 2008, the Golden Flashes are dancin'!
As a 14-seed, Kent State men's basketball team drew a first round match-up with number 3 seed UCLA. They're playing in the South bracket, which for some reason is playing their games out in California.
The Golden Flashes and the Bruins tipoff at 9:57 p.m. EST, Friday night. While a few from the local fan base were able to make the trip to Sacramento for the first round game, the majority were not able to.
With that in mind, Kent State University is hosting an official "watch party" on campus. The official "Hoopin' at the Hub" watch party will be held at the KSU Student Center and will feature giveaways, music, and of course cheering on the Flashes in round 1 of the tournamnet.
The University says multiple big screens will be set up around the Student Center and there will be plenty of room for everyone to comforatably watch.