Louisiana Tech RB Tyrone Duplessis Found Dead

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 14:  Tyrone Duplessis #22 of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs is brought down by Perry Riley #56 of the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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In a week of excitement and joy for the college football world, tragedy has struck one its own.

College Football Talk is reporting that Louisiana Tech has confirmed the death of running back Tyrone Duplessis in a news release.

The third-year player passed away this morning at his off-campus apartment. The cause of death, according to the release, is unknown.

The 5'8", 200-pound back played in 11 games during this three-year career at Louisiana Tech wearing No. 22.

A New Orleans native, Duplessis carried the ball 77 times in his career for 274 yards as a Bulldogs player.

No further details were given in the release, but grief counselors will be made available to the players through the university.

Duplessis was a three-year letter winner, all-state, all-metro player in high school and Rivals ranked him as one of the top 25 all-purpose running back recruits in the country. He also ran track for O.P. Walker High School.

He redshirted his sophomore of college in 2010 before rejoining the active roster in 2011.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Duplessis' family, friends, teammates and anyone else touched by his tragic passing.