Arizona Lineman Zach Hemmila Passes Away at 22


This is awful, and our prayers go out to the family.

Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Zach Hemmila passed away in his sleep sometime Sunday night or early Monday. The cause of death is still not known.

Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez was joined by Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne in making the announcement.

“We lost a great, young man,” Rodriguez said. “Everybody in our program is hurting … I don’t know any of the details.”

Rodriguez told the media that he had just seen Hemmila after meetings with the team early Sunday. Hemmila played in all 13 games last season with the Wildcats — starting six.

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