Kent State starting center Jason Bitsko has died from an undetermined medical condition, the university confirmed Wednesday.
Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.
Calls were placed to Bitsko's roommate after he failed to show up for morning practice. The roommate called 911 after finding Bitsko in his bed. Brimfield Police arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call.
Bitsko, 21, was set to begin his fourth year on the team. He started all 12 games in 2013 and was recently selected to the Phil Steele's Preseason All-MAC Third Team. Bitsko graduated from Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.
"Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing," Joel Nielsen, Kent State's director of athletics, said in a statement. "We are heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched."
Members of the football team were told of Bitsko's passing during the end of the morning practice. All remaining football activities on Wednesday were canceled.
"Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family," said Kent State head coach Paul Haynes. "As a team, we will come together and get through this one day at a time."