Mississippi State football

D.J. Looney, right, watches the video board from the sidelines during the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl in 2017 during his stint as the tight ends coach at Mississippi State. Looney died on Saturday of a heart attack at age 31.

Former Mississippi State offensive lineman and current Louisiana assistant offensive line coach D.J. Looney passed away on Saturday morning after collapsing at a practice on campus with a heart attack. The coach and former Bulldog player was 31-years-old.

The University of Louisiana confirmed the news on its Twitter account on  Saturday.

For more on this story and a column about Looney by Starkville Daily News sports editor Danny P. Smith, read our news edition from Sunday, August 2 or click here to subscribe to our e-edition.

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