Kent State football player found dead

Offensive linemen Jason Bitsko #54 and Phil Huff #75 of the Kent State Golden Flashes run onto the field before a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.

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Kent State football player Jason Bitsko was found dead at his off-campus apartment on Wednesday morning. He was 21.

Bitsko was on track to be the Golden Flashes starting center this season. He started all 12 games in 2013 and was recently selected to the Phil Steele’s Preseason All-MAC Third Team.

"Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family," Kent State coach Paul Haynes said in a statement. "As a team, we will come together and get through this one day at a time."

Calls were placed to Bitsko’s roommate after he failed to show up for morning practice. The roommate called 911 after finding Bitsko in his bed. Brimfield Police arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call.

The university statement says police believe Bitsko died from an undetermined medical issue.

Bitsko was in his fourth year at Kent State. He was a high school teammate of Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller at Huber Heights Wayne, near Dayton.