FIU head coach Mike MacIntyre remembered Knox as a caring and dedicated member of the workforce, saying he admired Knox’s ardour for the game, however “his genuine love for his family and teammates is what I will always remember.”
“He had a special way of making everyone around him feel comfortable and confident. Luke’s family is special to me, and they will continually be in my heart and in my prayers during this difficult time,” MacIntyre mentioned in an announcement.
MacIntyre additionally coached Knox on the University of Mississippi, the place the linebacker spent 4 years earlier than transferring to FIU.
Knox’s older brother, Dawson Knox, additionally performed for Ole Miss earlier than becoming a member of the Payments in 2019. The Knox brothers are from the Nashville suburb of Brentwood, Tennessee.
“Our hearts go out to Dawson and his family during this time, and we’re right there with him and supporting him and his family,” McDermott mentioned. “Just tragic news that I woke up to this morning. We love him and we support him.”
“There are heavy hearts throughout our football team after the passing of Luke Knox,” it reads. “I am very grateful for my personal relationship and time spent with Luke. He was a tremendous teammate and an even better person who lifted up everyone around him.”
FIU Athletics mentioned in an announcement that “coaches and support staff have been reaching out to our football family and will continue to do so to ensure our student-athletes have the support they need.”