— The Sports Xchange —
Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, 21, was found dead Tuesday of “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” according to the Pullman (Wash.) Police Department.
The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Hilinski was discovered in his apartment after he didn’t show up for practice Tuesday.
The Pullman Police said in a release that, “A rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found.”
Hilinski just completed his sophomore season and was in the running to be the No. 1 quarterback next season after starting the team’s Holiday Bowl loss to Michigan State.
Pullman police detectives and the Whitman County Coroner’s Office are conducting a thorough investigation to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death, according to the police release.
Hilinski completed 154 of 209 passes for 1,421 yards with nine touchdowns and eight intereptions in two seasons in a backup role to Luke Falk, who completed his college career this season as the Pac-12’s all-time leader in passing yards (14,486) and TD passes (119).