PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State receiver Robert Lewis is going into this season still mourning Tyler Hilinski but also drawing strength from his memory.
Hilinski was expected to lead the Cougars this year but the young quarterback killed himself in January. Thoughts of him have stayed with the team over the intervening months. "We love Tyler," Lewis said. "He's always going to be with us."
In the months before his death, Hilinski had been regarded as the presumptive starter replacing Luke Falk, the Cougars' record-setting quarterback who graduated last year and is now with the Tennessee Titans.