College Football

Holiday Bowl Starting QB Found Dead


PULLMAN, WASH. (January 16, 2018) —Tyler Hilinski, a redshirt sophomore who quarterbacked the Washington State Cougars in last month’s San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, was found dead late Tuesday afternoon in his apartment by the Pullman Police Department.

According to reports, police conducted a welfare check on Hilinski after he did not show up for a scheduled practice. Officers found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A rifle and a suicide note was found in the apartment.

Washington State football coach Mike Leach released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family. “

Hilinski’s first start was the 2017 SDCCU Holiday Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans. He started in place of an injured Luke Falk. Hilinski struggled in his first start, leading his team to four punts in WSU’s first five possessions. The first half expired after Hilinski ran only two plays.

Washington State lost to Michigan State 35-17. Hilinski finished the night 39 of 50 for 272 yards. He had two touchdowns and one interception. The Cougars only had 296 yards of total offense in the game.

Hilinski was expected to complete for starting quarterback in 2018. Falk is leaving the team, having declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.