Former Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves died on Saturday morning, according to a Facebook post by a relative and tweets from former teammates.
SEC Country’s Lauren Shute has confirmed the reports.
R.I.P to my AU brother Quentin Groves. Like I'm lost for words man. #gonewaytoosoon
— Josh Bynes (@bynestime56) October 15, 2016
RIP to my Brother Quentin Groves!! Man I'm in disbelief I just… https://t.co/2a1z1KUFjK
— Zac Etheridge (@ZacEtheridge4) October 15, 2016
Saddened by the passing of a teammate and tremendously talented and passionate human being, Quentin Groves. Please pray for his family. pic.twitter.com/HitwUiWXT4
— Andrew McCain (@dragon_mccain) October 15, 2016
Groves, 32, underwent a heart surgery in 2008 after he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which resulted in him having a rapid heartbeat due to an extra electrical pathway.
Groves, a first team All-SEC pick while playing for the Tigers in 2006, spent nine years in the NFL playing for seven different teams. He was last with the Buffalo Bills in 2015. Groves was currently serving as linebackers coach at Coahoma Community College in Clarkdale, Miss.
Current Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson shared his thoughts on Twitter shortly after the news broke:
RIP to Quentin Groves in the short amount of time that I had known him he passed on a lot of wisdom. Was a great Auburn Man. @QuentinGroves
— carl lawson (@carllawson14) October 15, 2016