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  • Northern Arizona University football player Jalen Cook touches the helmet of his fallen teammate Malik Noshi in the Walkup Skydome parking lot at Northern Arizona University Thursday night, July 11, 2109, for a vigil to honor the NAU student and football player who died earlier this week, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Ben Shanahan/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

  • Students and community members gather in the Walkup Skydome parking lot at Northern Arizona University Thursday night, July 11, 2019, for a vigil to honor NAU student and football player Malik Noshi, who died earlier this week, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Ben Shanahan/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

  • Students and community members gather in the Walkup Skydome parking lot at Northern Arizona University Thursday night, July 11, 2019, for a vigil to honor NAU student and football player Malik Noshi, who died earlier this week, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Ben Shanahan/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

  • Students and community members gather in the Walkup Skydome parking lot at Northern Arizona University Thursday night, July 11, 2019, for a vigil to honor NAU student and football player Malik Noshi, who died earlier this week, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Ben Shanahan/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Friday, July 12, 2019 2:54 pm

NAU offensive lineman remembered as tough but kind

The Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) A Northern Arizona University offensive lineman is being remembered as a tough player and caring teammate.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that about 100 people gathered at the university Thursday night at a candlelight vigil for 22-year-old Malik Noshi. Emergency responders found him unconscious in his Flagstaff home Sunday.

The cause of death is under investigation.

First-year Lumberjacks coach Chris Ball says Noshi was tough and the team was lucky to have him. A table display adorned with flowers had his portrait, helmet and No. 65 jersey.

Noshi, who is from Las Vegas, began as a redshirt for the Lumberjacks in 2015. He started nine games last year and earned an honorable mention from the Big Sky Conference.

His teammates vowed to carry on his grit, determination and love for football.