Sooners LB Box dies

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma senior linebacker Austin Box died Thursday after he was found unconscious in a house in El Reno. He was 22.

The Oklahoma City news is reporting that Box was first taken to Mercy Hospital in El Reno, then flown to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City and pronounced dead.

He had recently completed his college degree and was going into his senior year at the college.

Box had missed the first half of last season, but started the final six games and recorded eight tackles in a 48-20 win over Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl.

"We're all shocked and heartbroken," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. "Austin was a great young man, a great young man to coach and a great teammate. He played an integral part in our success the last three years and was looking forward to a big senior year. As heart-wrenching as this is for us, we know it's even more difficult for his family. More than anything, our thoughts and prayers are with them."


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