Washington State safety Bryce Beekman has passed away at age 22, according to multiple reports this morning.
A transfer from Arizona Western Junior College, Beekman seized a starting role in the Cougars' secondary last season. He wound up ranking fifth on the team with 60 tackles and also recorded a pair of pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.
Beekman was slated to be a key piece of Wazzu's defense again as a redshirt senior in 2020. A cause of death for the young athlete has yet to be announced.
According to Theo Lawson of the Spokesman-Review, the local coroner's office is expected to release more details soon. We will update this story when they become available.
Since last night, tributes for Beekman from current and former teammates have been pouring in on social media.
Beekman was born in Wisconsin and played his first three years of high school football there. He moved to Baton Rouge, La. for his final season of high school before heading to Arizona Western.
This isn't the first time the Washington State program has dealt with recent tragedy. In January 2018, former Cougar quarterback Tyler Hilinski committed suicide.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Beekman's family and friends and the entire Wazzu football family.