PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland State freshman linebacker AJ Schlatter died Sunday night, the school said. James Schlatter said in a Facebook tribute to his 20-year-old son that the death came after a tonsillectomy Friday.
Schlatter, a redshirt freshman, was a walk-on who became a starter and helped Portland State make the Division I-AA playoffs.
"We lost a diamond that will never be replaced," coach Bruce Barnum said in a statement Monday. "He was the definition of what we are about at PSU."
Schlatter finished fourth on the team with 62 tackles.
"He was such an inspiration to me and I was and am so PROUD to be his father. In his 20+ years he became a greater man then I could ever dream of becoming!" James Schlatter, an assistant coach for the Vikings during the 1980s, posted to Facebook.
Florida-Georgia: The SEC rivalry, played in Jacksonville annually since 1933 except for a two-year span in the 1990s, is expected to stay at EverBank Stadium beyond its current contract. The deal expires after 2016, but the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald reported that a new five-year deal is expected. The paper reported that seating capacity is an issue — the NFL's Jaguars are reducing the number of club seats by about 3,000, but UF and Georgia want to keep the current seating capacity of 82,917.
Indiana: Offensive lineman Dan Feeney said he will skip the NFL draft and return next fall for his senior season.