Tech Nation grieves over fallen Bulldog

February 2, 2012


Anna Claire Thomas
Sports Editor


Louisiana Tech officials confirmed the death of running back Tyrone Duplessis Thursday morning, citing unknown causes with an autopsy pending.


Duplessis, a 21-year-old redshirt sophomore, was found early Thursday morning in his off-campus apartment, according to school officials.


In a statement released by the university, Tech officials expressed their condolences to the family and friends of Duplessis as well as all the members the Tech community.


“Tyrone was a valuable part of this football family,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “This is a tragic, senseless loss, but he made a lasting impact on this team, university and everyone that knew him.”


Duplessis, a product out of New Orleans, came to Tech from O.P. Walker High School and was in his third year as a member of the Bulldog football team.


During his time as a Bulldog, Duplessis, an all-state running back in high school, played in 11 games with 77 rushes for 274 yards.


Teammates were informed of Duplessis’ passing Thursday morning, while counselors were made available to anyone in need.


“We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tyrone Duplessis this morning,” Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau said. “Tyrone was not only a valuable member of our football program, but much more importantly, he was a valued member of the Tech family. This is a painful loss for our campus community and our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”


Funeral arrangements have not been made at this point.


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