PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland State is mourning the sudden death of a freshman linebacker.
The school said 20-year-old AJ Schlatter died Sunday night. The player's father, James Schlatter, said in a Facebook tribute the death came after a tonsillectomy on Friday.
Schlatter, a redshirt freshman, had an impact on Portland State's turnaround season. He was a walk-on who became a starter and helped the Vikings make the FCS playoffs. Portland State was ranked No. 10 in the final FCS poll.
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Schlatter finished fourth on the team with 62 tackles. He was honored as the Big Sky's Defensive Player of the Week for his play in a 34-31 victory over Eastern Washington. He had 12 tackles, two sacks a forced fumble and an interception.