The college football world received heartbreaking news on Wednesday morning, as Washington State safety Bryce Beekman passed away at the age of 22. As of right now, the cause of his death is still unknown.
Beekman was a starter for the Cougars this past season. He finished the year with 60 tackles and recorded a pair of pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.
A few hours after news broke about Beekman’s death, his former head coach Mike Leach went on social media to release a statement.
“Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the Beekman Family and the Washington State University community,” Leach wrote on Twitter. “Bryce was an incredible kid who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.”
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the Beekman Family and the Washington State University community. Bryce was an incredible kid who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) March 25, 2020
Before he became a force for the Washington State defense, Beekman spent time at Arizona Western Junior College.
Judging off Leach’s comments, it didn’t take very long for Beekman to impress his coaches and teammates.
Nick Rolovich, the current head coach of the Cougars, also had kind words to share about Beekman, saying “My relationship with Bryce was still in its early stages, but I knew him to be a wonderful young man.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Beekman’s family and friends during this difficult time.