Former Ole Miss LB Luke Knox passes away
Florida International and former Ole Miss linebacker Luke Knox has died. He was 22.
His passing was announced Thursday morning by FIU head coach and former Ole Miss defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre. Luke is the younger brother of former Ole Miss tight end and current Buffalo Bill, Dawson Knox.
“Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow we feel because of the passing of our teammate and friend, Luke Knox,” MacIntyre wrote. “I had the honor of coaching Luke at Ole Miss and at FIU. While I admired his passion for football, his genuine love for his family and teammates is what I will always remember. He had a special way of making everyone around him feel comfortable and confident. Luke’s family is special to me and they will continually be in my heart and my prayers during this difficult time. On behalf of the entire FIU football family, I extend sincere condolences to Luke’s family and all who love him.”
Coach Mike MacIntyre
— Coach Mike MacIntyre (@CoachMikeMac) August 18, 2022
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin issued a statement via Twitter.
🙏🧎♂️💙@OleMissFB @FIUFootball pic.twitter.com/ofif6Hbyyj
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 18, 2022
Luke transferred to FIU in the offseason. In the 2021 season for the Rebels, the Brentwood, Tennessee native notched 11 tackles in seven games.
The Associated Press is reporting that FIU players were told of Luke’s death late Wednesday. Thursday’s practice has been canceled and grief counselors have been brought in to meet with the team.
The Buffalo Bills released a statement Thursday morning in support of Dawson Knox and the Knox family.
We’re heartbroken to hear of the sudden passing of Luke Knox.
Sending all of our thoughts, prayers and support to @Dawson_Knox and the Knox family during this difficult time. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mpkTQYnbve
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) August 18, 2022
We will update this as we know more. Our prayers are with Luke’s family, friends and loved ones.
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.