Minnesota Football: Former LB Gary Tinsley Passes Away on Campus

Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterApril 6, 2012

(photo via foxsportsnorth.com)
(photo via foxsportsnorth.com)

The Minnesota football program was rocked with tragic news as Gary Tinsley, a linebacker who had just finished his senior season with the Gophers and was training for the NFL, died on campus Friday morning. Minnesota officials confirmed the report early Friday afternoon.

"it's a very, very sad day for our football program and for our young men," Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill said at a Friday press conference.

Tinsley was found unresponsive by a roommate at 7:40 a.m. Friday morning, and emergency crews were unable to resuscitate him, according to reports. Police indicated that there was no sign of foul play, nor did they suspect drugs or alcohol in Tinsley's death. The authorities will await a report from the medical examiner.

Tinsley was a two-year starter with the Gophers, and was second on the team in tackles with 87 in 2011 after leading the Gophers with 90 tackles in 2010. He also led the team in tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (4.0) last season.

"My heart is absolutely broken over the loss of GT," former Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster said on Twitter. "So special in every way....a son to me. Gods Peace to Ronda and whole family."

Tinsley was 22 years old.