Words by Roman White

Washington State Quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide.

The 21-year-old Red Shirt Sophomore alleged shot himself in the head with a rifle in his apartment in Pullman, Washington. After missing practice Tuesday, police were alerted and Hilinski was found dead next to the rifle and a suicide note. Police will still investigate Hilinski’s death to confirm that his passing was in fact self-inflicted.

Tyler’s younger brother, Ryan, a high school Quarterback who also received an offer from Washington State to play football posted a tweet late Tuesday night. “Please keep my family in your prayers tonight,” the tweet read. Hilinski’s family aside from this tweet has not spoken publicly.

Tyler’s teammates, friends, family and coaches sent their condolences to the young Quarterback’s family. Washington State Head Coach, Mike Leach, released a statement to the public following Tyler’s passing.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

The interim Director of Athletics John Johnson released a statement as well stating that the team was brought together to inform them of the tragedy. The university also is taking steps to help grieving student-athletes with psychological services and mental health counseling.

The second string QB made his first start with the WSU Cougars in the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State in place of the injured starter Luke Falk. The Claremont, California native completed 39 of his 50 pass attempts for 272 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Cougars lost that game 17-42.

In Hilinski’s first crack at collegiate action this season, he posted an incredible stat line with 240 yards passing and three touchdowns in a come from behind win over Boise State 47-44.