Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead late Tuesday after apparent suicide, according to multiple reports.
According to the Pullman Police Department, the 21-year-old Hilinski was discovered in his apartment with what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday after he didn’t show up for football practice.
The Pullman Police Department also recovered a rifle and a suicide note at the scene.
"We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler's passing," Washington State coach Mike Leach said in a statement. "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."
A sophomore from Claremont, Calif. who was expected to be the Cougars starting quarterback next season, Hilinski played in eight games this season and threw for 1,176 yards and seven touchdowns. His only start came in Washington State’s bowl game loss to Michigan State.