Former Washington State QB Drew Bledsoe shares heartfelt message about Tyler Hilinski

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski runs onto the field with his teammates before an NCAA college football game against Idaho in Pullman Wash. Hilinski has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski's apparent suicide in Pullman on Tuesday rocked teammates, the Cougars program and rippled throughout college football and beyond as tributes continued to pour in Wednesday.

Roy Manning, Former Washington State linebackers coach tweeted, "Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now".

"We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler's passing", Leach's statement said, via KXLY's Aaron Polevoi. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it.

Students gathered on the Washington State University campus earlier this week to pay their respects to Hilinski, placing flowers, signs and WSU flags at the base of the Cougar Pride statue. Hilinski also started in the Holiday Bowl on December 28 against Michigan State, throwing for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He said team members were brought together to learn the news of Hilinski's death and they are being supported by counselors, psychologists, and medical staff.

He appeared in eight games during his sophomore season, throwing for 1,176 yards and seven touchdowns.

The WSU community is mourning the loss of student and Cougar quarterback Tyler Hilinski. Police will still investigate Hilinski's death to confirm that his passing was in fact self-inflicted. His most memorable outing came in the second week of the season when he led Washington State from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State 47-44 in triple overtime.

"The tragic news today surrounding Tyler Hilinksi is devastating to all".

Hilinski enrolled at WSU in January 2015 after attending Upland High School in Southern California.

The National Suicide Hotline provides free, confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.

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