Awysum Harris, a standout high school football player from Decatur, Ga., who was preparing for his second year at Alabama State was tragically found deceased in his dorm room, the university announced Sunday.
“I am deeply saddened to announce to the Hornet Nation Family that one of our student athletes has died from what appears to be natural causes,” Alabama State University President Quinton T. Ross, Jr added in the statement, in part. “This is tragic news for Hornet Nation as we mourn the loss of one of our own. The University will provide support for Awysum’s family, friends and teammates during this very difficult time. I ask that we keep all of them in our thoughts and prayers.”
According to WHNT, a statement from the school reveals the 20-year-old died from “natural causes.” He was preparing to start his sophomore season for the Alabama State Hornets and did not see any game action his freshman year as a linebacker.
“Our team is really hurting right now,” said ASU coach Eddie Robinson in the statement. “As a matter of fact, all of us are heartbroken by this loss. Tonight, we prayed together and comforted one another. We will all continue to keep the Harris family in our thoughts and prayers.”
While at Austin High School in Decatur, he recorded 105 tackles and 14 tackles for loss in his senior season.
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