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Former Illini player dies in workout at new school

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman reacts to a call on the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana defeated Illinois 52-35. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) Photo:

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman reacts to a call on the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana defeated Illinois 52-35. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

WINONA, Minn. (AP) Campus officials say a football player at Winona State University who recently transferred from Illinois has died while working out with teammates.

Winona State said in a news release that 22-year-old Shawn Afryl died Monday during a workout at Maxwell Field on campus. Information about his cause of death was not immediately available.

School officials said the 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman had recently enrolled after his transfer.

Illini coach Tim Beckman said in a statement that his players were saddened to hear of the death of a ''great teammate.''

Winona State coach Tom Sawyer said Afryl had shown maturity and leadership in his short time at the Division II school.

Afryl is a graduate of Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill., in the Chicago suburbs.

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