Thursday February 9th, 2012

The reigning WAC champion Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will honor the memory of redshirt sophomore running back Tyrone Duplessis, who died last week at the age of 21, with a public memorial service this Friday on campus.

“He loved to play football,” Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes said of Duplessis. “That’s the thing that stands out about him. It was obvious that his family was very supportive of his football career and the time he spent playing. He had a tremendous passion for the game. He was one of those players that loved to be out there with his teammates and people enjoyed being around him. He had a very outgoing personality and had a unique way of dealing with people that was fun. He really loved to play and gained a lot of happiness from being out there with his teammates and being a part of a team. He made a comment about being excited to get his WAC Championship ring and couldn’t wait to wear it.”

The memorial ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT at the Thomas Assembly Center. Duplessis' funeral, which the school says will be open to the public, will follow this Saturday at LB Landry High School Auditorium, with visitation from 9 a.m. CT until 11 a.m. and a service following.

Louisiana Tech has also established a memorial fund in Duplessis' name. From a school statement: "The University and Athletics Department, along with the family, asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Tyrone may be made to the Tyrone Duplessis Memorial Fund at the Louisiana Tech University Foundation, Inc.  This is a tax deductible gift and can be made payable to the Louisiana Tech University Foundation, Inc. (memo:  the Tyrone Duplessis Memorial Fund) and mailed to P.O. Box 1190, Ruston, LA  71273-1190.  Gifts to the fund may also be made online at www.latechalumni.org." Our continued and sincere best wishes to the Duplessis family and Louisiana Tech football community as they navigate this unimaginable heartbreak.

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