Former University of Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley was found dead in his dorm room on Friday morning, the Pioneer Press reports.
Because the death involved a "young athlete", authorities are treating it as a suspicious death.
"There was no immediate indication of crime, things you would expect with weapons or a struggle," University Police Chief Greg Hestness said . "All of those things are absent. Nevertheless, a death of a young athlete is out of the ordinary, so we only get one opportunity to handle the crime scene properly. So we're treating it as a suspicious death."
Tinsley tallied 198 tackles, 6.5 sacks and one interceptions during his four-year career with the Gophers. Tinsley had hoped to play in the National Football League next season, saying after his pro day workout that it was ""something I always wanted to do. It's like I'm living out a dream. This is part of the dream. There's a lot more to come."
My deepest condolences to Tinsley's family, friends and loved ones.