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Solomon Jackson, Buffalo DE, Dies at 20

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Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 12, 2017

University at Buffalo defensive end Solomon Jackson died Monday night due to complications from a medical emergency that landed him in the hospital last week.

The university announced the news in a press release Tuesday morning. Jackson was 20 years old.

UB athletic director Allen Greene commented on Jackson's death as part of the release: "It is with deep sadness that I write to share that we have lost one of our own, UB football player Solomon Jackson, who passed away last night. Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Solomon's family as together we mourn his tragic and untimely death."

Greene made mention of Jackson's accomplishments on the football field, but he especially focused on his positive traits as a person:

From the outpouring of prayers and support over the past week since Solomon was hospitalized, it has been abundantly clear just how many lives he touched on a daily basis through his contributions and character—as an athlete, as a student, as a friend and mentor to others, and as an active and engaged member of our campus community.  As a redshirt sophomore defensive end from Stone Mountain, Georgia who was pursuing a degree in sociology, Solomon demonstrated tremendous promise as a student-athlete, both on and off the field.

It was first reported by Jordan Grossman of the Spectrum, the university's student newspaper, on Feb. 22 that Jackson was hospitalized with an emergency medical situation following conditioning drills. The exact nature of Jackson's ailment has yet to be released due to restrictions set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

In addition to Greene's comments, former Bulls quarterback and teammate Joe Licata remembered Jackson fondly, per Shawn Stepner of WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York:

UB football play-by-play man Paul Peck was extremely complimentary of Jackson as well:

Jackson registered 13 tackles and two sacks last season as a redshirt sophomore, and he was expected to see an expanded role in 2016.

He will be honored with a moment of silence prior to Buffalo's men's basketball game against Miami University on Tuesday night at Alumni Arena on UB's campus.

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