Funeral set for Oklahoma linebacker

Friends and family of University of Oklahoma middle linebacker Austin Box were set to honor his life at a funeral service next Friday, The Oklahoman reported Saturday.

A service will be held for Box at Emmanuel Baptist Church in his hometown of Enid, Okla., at 11:00 a.m. local time May 27. The 22 year old died Thursday after being found unresponsive by his friend J.T. Cobble at a home in El Reno, Okla.

The cause of his death remains unconfirmed, though Cobble’s 911 call suggested Box may have overdosed on pain pills.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office began an autopsy Friday, with a toxicology test ordered to see if Box had drugs in his system when he died.

Box, who collected his college degree in May, was expected to be a starter at middle linebacker in his senior season. He recorded 37 tackles during his junior year with the Sooners.

Box was the second college football player to die in recent weeks. Alabama offensive lineman Aaron Douglas was found dead May 12 after a night of partying in a northern Florida beach town.

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