Unknown cause for NAU football player's death

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Offensive lineman Malik Noshi was found dead in his Flagstaff residence Sunday morning. The cause of death is unknown.

His death has been confirmed in a statement released Monday morning by Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Marlow.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire NAU Athletic Department family go out to Malik's family, friends, teammates and coaches during this time of great sadness,” Marlow said in the statement.

The Las Vegas native was entering his redshirt senior season. He started on the offensive line and played in 29 games from 2016 through 2018.

His first season of play in 2016 was highlighted by being a part of a offensive line that ranked fifth in Football Championship Subdivision for sacks allowed. In 2017 he was the right guard for a 29th nationally ranked offensive line. Noshi was also an All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention selection after the 2018 season.

Noshi is survived by his parents Hani Noshi and Amy Grooms, along with his two younger siblings Arlin and Grady.

No further official statements have been made by NAU Football or NAU Athletics. More details will be provided as they become available.