Linebacker Austin Box Confirmed Dead
OU linebacker Austin Box
OU linebacker Austin Box
SoonersIllustrated.com Publisher
Posted May 19, 2011


Sooners Illustrated has found out some tragic news about Sooner linebacker Austin Box, as authorities confirmed Thursday afternoon that he has passed away.

He was transported by air to Mercy Hospital after being found unresponsive with an unknown medical issue at an El Reno home Thursday morning.

There, he simply could not make it through.

Box, who was sidelined with a back injury for the first half of the 2010 season and battled other injuries throughout his career, was a huge factor in solidifying the Sooner defense down the stretch that paved the way to an unprecedented seventh Big 12 Championship.

He recorded 37 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, but perhaps his biggest play of the season was an interception in last year's Bedlam game.

With OU leading 30-24 halfway through the third quarter, Box anticipated OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden's read and picked him off, setting up OU for a crucial field goal.

Box had 107 tackles heading into his senior year.

Stay tuned and come on into Sooner Magic Insider as more news becomes available.

Get inside coverage of your favorite team. Click here now to get started.

Follow me at twitter.com/joeyhelmer10 or facebook.com/joeyhelmer.



Related Stories
Sooners Lose Beloved Leader
 -by SoonersIllustrated.com  May 19, 2011
Box’s Best
 -by SoonersIllustrated.com  May 23, 2011
Box's Death Ruled an Accident
 -by SoonersIllustrated.com  Jul 12, 2011

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook and a full year of Sooners Illustrated Magazine with an Annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from SoonersIllustrated.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
MLB Austin Box (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Enid HS > Alumni
[View My HotList]