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Towson Running Back Kobe Young Dies at 23, Cause of Death Not Immediately Known


23-year-old redshirt senior football player Kobe Young tragically passed away at his family’s home in Winston Salem, North Carolina last weekend.

Young played his collegiate career at Towson University and was known amongst his teammates and coaches for his infectious smile.

As noted in The Baltimore Sun:

Tigers coach Rob Ambrose said he remembered Young’s optimism.

“The first thing that anybody is going to say is his smile,” he said. “He just lit up a room. He lit you up. It was really amazing. There are great smiles in the history of the world, but not every great smile affects somebody. His did — every day.”

Safety Robert Topps III, who will be a redshirt senior this fall, said Young’s positivity was infectious.

“Kobe was just one of those guys where if you saw Kobe, he would put a smile on your face,” he said. “He was just one of those guys that would always greet you. He was a good guy. If you saw Kobe, you would smile because he always had a smile on his face. He was a real, positive guy.”

Per Young’s Towson player bio:

2018: Played all 12 games at running back and kick returner…second among Towson running backs with 72 carries, 455 rushing yards and three touchdowns, adding 10 catches for 54 yards and a score plus five kickoff returns and 76 yards…led Towson in rushing in two games, including season opening victory at Morgan State on Sept. 1 with seven carries, 66 yards and a score…six carries for 64 yards, including a 34 yard breakout, in win vs. The Citadel on Sept. 29…led Towson in rushing with 59 yards and a touchdown in win at Elon on Nov. 10…career-high 92 yards rushing, adding a 24-yard kickoff return, vs. Duquesne in the FCS Playoff game on Nov. 24.

Cont. from The Baltimore Sun:

Ambrose said Young was on pace to graduate in May with a bachelor’s in health care management and a minor in business administration. He said he found out about Young’s death from his academic advisor, who was in daily contact with Young’s mother LaTonya Young.

Ambrose organized an online meeting with the team on Saturday afternoon and informed the players of Young’s death.

“When I heard it was Kobe, he was pretty much the last person I would have thought because Kobe always kept a smile on his face,” Topps said. “No matter what, Kobe was always smiling, cracking jokes. So when you heard that Kobe died, you kind of thought it was a joke.”

Ambrose said there have been “loose discussions” about paying tribute to Young during the upcoming season. He said his heart aches for Young’s mother.

Young’s cause of death is unknown at this time.

We’ll provide further details once they become available.

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