Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday, according to Pullman, WA police. He was 21.

Pullman officers arrived at Hilinski’s apartment for a welfare check after he didn’t show up at the team’s practice earlier in the day, and found him “deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.” A rifle and suicide note were recovered next to Hilinski.

Hilinski, a redshirt sophomore in 2017, just made his first career start for Washington State in the Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl against Michigan State, completing 39-of-50 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He played in eight games on the season, and was expected to compete for the Cougars’ starting quarterback position in 2018.

After his impressive performance in relief of Luke Falk to lead the Cougars to a stunning three-overtime victory against Boise State in September, Hilinski had this to say to the media:

“Shoot, I was just playing football out there, surrounded by a great group of guys,” Hilinski said. “They told me they have faith in me. I was ready to do my job.”

Washington State head coach Mike Leach and athletic director John Johnson released statements regarding Hilinski.

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