MARYVILLE, Mo. – A Northwest Missouri State football player has died in his dorm room, cutting short an event to celebrate the school's fifth NCAA Division II championship.
The Maryville school says in a news release that junior Nicholas Turner was found dead Sunday. The release says no foul player is suspected but that authorities are investigating.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that a celebration of the championship team was underway when head coach Adam Dorrellan abruptly canceled it. Teammates were seen hugging around campus.
Turner recorded 22 tackles this season. He also had a sack in last month's national title win against Shepherd.
The St. Louis junior was majoring in corporate recreation and wellness.
A service is planned for Monday at the school to remember him.