Alabama State mourns footballer’s death

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WAFF) – According to our news partner at the Decatur Daily, a former Austin high school football player was found dead in his dorm on Sunday.

Awysum Harris was on the Alabama State football team for two years. Alabama State President Quinton Ross Jr. said Harris’ death appeared to be of natural cause.

“Awysum was an exceptional young man who had a great impact on Austin football, Austin high school and the Decatur community,” President Ross said on social media. “He was loved by all who knew him and will be truly missed,” Austin head coach Jeremy Perkins said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Awysum’s mother, Sharay, his brother, Asa (Martin) and the entire family.”

Austin High School football coach Jeremy Perkins released the following statement:

“Awysum was an exceptional young man who had a great impact on Austin Football, Austin High School and the Decatur community. He was loved by all who knew him and will be truly missed. Although it is heartbreaking and tragic to lose such a great young man with so much potential, I was so blessed with the time I was able to spend with him at AHS. He will forever be an Austin Black Bear. Our thoughts and prayers are with the mother of Awysum, Sharay, and his brother Asa, and all the family.

In 2019, Harris was selected as a Class 7A All-State second team member. Harris led Austin High School football with 105 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, three sacks and three interceptions.

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