Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley was found dead in his campus apartment Friday morning, university officials said. He was 22. Tinsley was found unresponsive in his apartment at Roy Wilkins Hall on the Minneapolis campus, according to the university police chief. Tinsley completed his eligibility at the end of the 2011 season. He lettered all four years and started every game over his final two seasons with the team. He was No. 2 in total tackles with 87 last season and finished with 198 total tackles for his career.
Read the full AP story here. Coach Jerry Kill released a statement that read in part: “It’s a very, very sad day for our football program and for our young men. We lost one of ours today in Gary Tinsley, who I know is in a good place.” Read the full story on GopherSports.com.
hard to keep crying cause just hearing his name brings a smile to my face!! love you 51—
MarQueis Gray (@goldengopherqb5) April 06, 2012
RIP to my teammate and brother Gary Tinsley. Great person with a great heart. Miss you buddy—
Kyle Theret (@KyleTheret) April 06, 2012
R.I.P to my bro Gary Tinsley—
Da'jon Mcknight (@McknightWR6) April 06, 2012
Really sad to hear about Gary Tinsley, always played well against us. Prayers go out to his family and the Minnesota football program—
Andrew Maxwell (@AE_Maxwell) April 07, 2012
Condolences, prayers from Michigan Athletics to the family of Gary Tinsley & Minnesota Gopher football on the passing of Gary Tinsley. RIP—
Dave Brandon (@DaveBrandonAD) April 06, 2012