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The Clay County Advocate - Press-Flora, IL
  • Former Illini player dies in workout at new school

  • Former Illini player dies in workout at new school
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  • 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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