There is some sad news in the college football world. On Tuesday night, it was reported that Shawn Afryl has passed away. The former Illinois Fighting Illini and current Winona State University offensive lineman was just 22 years old.
According to reports, Afryl collapsed while preparing for the upcoming season during a workout at Winona.
“All of us in the Fighting Illini football family are greatly saddened by Shawn’s passing last night,” Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. “He was a great teammate and a dedicated student. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Winona State also issued a statement from head coach Tom Sawyer, via the Chicago Tribune:
“The time Shawn was on campus, he showed a lot of people what a great fit he was going to be not only for our football program but for our campus as well. He did an excellent job as a counselor during our team camps, and his leadership qualities and maturity were a valuable asset to our successful camps. He will be sorely missed.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Afryl’s family and friends as they deal with this incredibly difficult time.