A former Iowa Hawkeyes football player died way too young over the weekend. The former lineman from Wisconsin passed away on Saturday and long-time Iowa Hawkeyes football head coach Kirk Ferentz has released a statement about the player's death.

As you'll read in a second, our sentiments are the same. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and former teammates that have come to know and love him.

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Rest in peace to Cody Ince, the former Iowa Hawkeyes lineman who passed away at the age of just 23.

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Former Iowa Hawkeyes Football Player Dies At 23

On Tuesday, Iowa Hawkeyes head football coach Kirk Ferentz released a statement about former lineman Cody Ince who passed away on Sunday at the young age of 23.

Ferentz said in the press release,

“I am incredibly sad to hear about Cody Ince’s sudden passing. Cody was a tremendous young man, valued teammate, and contributor to our program. He loved football, fishing and hunting, and believed in the importance of family and friendships. Cody was just beginning this next chapter of his life and was about to be married. Mary and I are heartbroken for his fiancée, his family and all his friends who knew and loved him. All of us in the football program – his coaches and teammates – are mourning his loss.”

Ince unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, July 16th  at his home near Grantsburg, Wisconsin, according to KCRG.

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Quarterback Spencer Petras #7 of the Iowa Hawkeyes and offensive lineman Cody Ince #73 and wide receiver Arland Bruce IV #10 and offensive lineman Kyler Schott #64 celebrate scoring the winning touchdown against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second half at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2021 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Ince competed in 29 games as an offensive lineman for the Hawkeyes. He played in 10 games, including four starts, as a junior in 2021.

Ince was an honorable mention all-conference honoree by league coaches and media after playing in eight games, including starting the final six contests, as a sophomore.

The Wisconsin native saw action in 11 games as a redshirt freshman. Ince was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and earned spring semester Dean’s List recognition in 2021.

Our thoughts are with Cody's family, friends, and former teammates.

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