Arizona announced Monday morning that offensive lineman Zach Hemmila passed away in his sleep sometime during the night. The team was told early Monday about the passing of the redshirt senior. Hemmila was expected to start for the Wildcats this fall.
"The only thought on my mind right now is with Zach Hemmila's family," Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We lost a great young man. Everybody in our program is hurting."
"As Coach said, he's a great young man," Athletic Director Greg Bryne added. "We're just so deeply saddened. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, the team, his teammates, the coaches and everybody involved."
There is no known cause of death at this time. Wildcat Authority will be updated with more details as they become available.