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“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss,” Jenkins said. “Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family’s grief.”

The Fighting Irish, who host Tulsa this Saturday, canceled post-practice interviews after Wednesday’s accident.

“In the midst of a season where you are disappointed with the outcomes … you can lose sight of what’s most important. Sad day at practice,” senior linebacker Brian Smith posted on his Twitter page on Wednesday. “I will never forget today.”


Associated Press writers Ken Kusmer and Rick Callahan contributed to this report from Indianapolis.