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Penn Football Co-Captain Thomas Is Found Dead in His Off-Campus Apartment

University of Pennsylvania football co-captain Owen Thomas was found dead yesterday afternoon at his off-campus apartment.

No foul play is suspected, said university spokeswoman Lori Doyle.

Thomas, a 21-year-old junior defensive end from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who was enrolled in the Wharton School, was named second-team All-Ivy League last season and was one of four players at the Philadelphia school who was elected captain for the 2010 season.

It’s the second time in five years the football program has had to deal with a player death, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Kyle Ambrogi, a senior running back from Havertown, Pennsylvania, committed suicide on Oct. 10, 2005.

“The Penn football family is deeply saddened today with the news of the sudden death of one of our shining lights,” Penn Coach Al Bagnoli said in a statement. “Owen was a remarkable young man, a true scholar-athlete, an ambassador for Penn, a tremendous teammate and leader on and off the field.”

Thomas, 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, helped lead Penn to the 2009 Ivy League championship and finished second in the league with six quarterback sacks.

To contact the reporter on this story: Curtis Eichelberger in Washington at ceichelberge@bloomberg.net

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