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FIU LB Luke Knox, Brother of Bills TE Dawson Knox, Dies at Age 22

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FIU Athletics announced the death ofjunior linebacker Luke Knox on Thursday. He was 22.

FIU Athletics @FIUAthletics

We have been saddened by the sudden passage of Luke Knox, an associate of the FIU Football program.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Lukes family, friends and teammates in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/07tHUiBByj

Panthers head coach Mike MacIntyrereleased a statement on Twitter:

Coach Mike MacIntyre @CoachMikeMac

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Knox used in FloridaInternational prior to the 2022 college football season afterspending his first four college seasons at Ole Miss. He’s the youngerbrother of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox.

No more information regarding Knox’sdeath was immediately released.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott offeredcondolences before Thursday’s practice:

Buffalo Bills @BuffaloBills

Were heartbroken to listen to of the sudden passage of Luke Knox.

Sending our thoughts, prayers and support to @Dawson_Knox and the Knox family in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/mpkTQYnbve

Knox joined the Rebelsas section of their 2018 recruiting class.

The Tennessee native recorded 11 total tackles, twopasses defended and a fumble recovery across his first three seasons before switching to tight end during spring practices in 2021.

He reunited with MacIntyre, Ole Miss’defensive coordinator in 2019 and a fellow alumnus of Tennessee’sBrentwood Academy, by transferring to FIU.

Back at linebacker, he was competing for astarting role on the Panthers defense prior to the team’sseason-opening game against Bryant on Sept. 1.

Knox, a small business major, earnedan Athletic Director’s Honor Roll distinction at Ole Miss in 2020.

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