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In January, quarterback Luke Gonsioroski had signed on with Texas Tech to play football as a preferred walk-on. On Monday morning, Gonsioroski tragically passed away after a battle with cancer. He was only 18.

Texas Tech released this statement after Gonsioroski’s passing:

We are deeply saddened to learn of Luke’s passing,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “Luke was not only an exceptional athlete, he was also an incredible person, great student and leader in his community. He was such an inspiration through his fight and unwavering faith. It was truly an honor to know him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and everyone whose lives he touched.”

406 MT Sports detailed Gonsioroski’s battle, which started last year when the young recruit originally had an eight-pound tumor removed from his chest. Gonsioroski recovered in time to lead his high school team to the state playoffs, and he eventually committed to play for Texas Tech.

Gonsioroski’s cancer had returned earlier this year, and he had been placed in hospice care before his passing. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends as they deal with this tragic ordeal.

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