Iowa recognizing Tyler Sash with special helmet design

Danny Lawhon
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said this about late Iowa standout Tyler Sash, who was found dead Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015: "The commitment, passion and excitement that Tyler brought to football and to life will always endear him to Hawkeye coaches, teammates, and fans. He touched our hearts in many ways and will be missed by all of us."

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said this week a "tasteful" tribute to honor late former football player Tyler Sash would be planned for this weekend.

The Hawkeyes' choice on Thursday was simple yet powerful -- the team will sport helmets displaying Sash's No. 9 on one side of the team helmet on Saturday when Iowa (1-0) takes on in-state rival Iowa State (1-0) in Ames.

The number replaces the Tigerhawk logo on one side. Sash played for the Hawkeyes from 2008-10, logging the fifth-most interceptions in school history with 13.

Sash, 27, was found dead Tuesday in Oskaloosa. An initial autopsy Wednesday ruled out acute trauma as a cause of death, but further laboratory tests are required in the investigation. A toxicology report from the Iowa State Medical Examiner is expected to be available in 4-6 weeks.

The annual Cy-Hawk game will be broadcast nationally at 3:45 p.m. on Fox.

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