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Gophers football player found dead in campus apartment

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota is confirming the death of 22-year-old Gophers linebacker Gary Tinsley.

The athletics department said head coach Jerry Kill, senior quarterback MarQueis Gray and university Police Chief Greg Hestness will discuss Tinsley's death at a Friday afternoon news conference.

News reports said Tinsley was the student found unresponsive Friday morning in his apartment at Roy Wilkins Hall on the Minneapolis campus. He was pronounced dead at the scene. University spokesman Chuck Tombarge said there's no indication of foul play.

Tinsley, who was from Jacksonville, Fla., completed his eligibility at the end of the 2011 season. He played in 44 games during his Gopher career. He was No. 2 on the team in total tackles with 87 stops last season. He compiled 198 total tackles over his career.