A former star at Brentwood Academy in Nashville played at Ole Miss from 2018-21. He redshirted in 2018, playing in one game, before emerging as a contributor at linebacker in 2019 when MacIntyre was the Rebels’ defensive coordinator.
Knox, a native of Brentwood, Tennessee, and the younger brother of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox, spent the past four seasons at Ole Miss before transferring to FIU.
He made 10 tackles, two for loss, with two pass breakups as a redshirt freshman. He made only one tackle in 2020 and did not record any stats after converting to tight end before the 2021 season.
Knox started two games at linebacker for Ole Miss in 2019, when MacIntyre served as defensive coordinator. He played mostly special teams the past two seasons and had 11 tackles, two for loss, in 2021.
Knox’s older brother Dawson played at Ole Miss from 2016-18 and has since emerged as a star tight end for the Buffalo Bills.
Bills coach Sean McDermott addressed Knox’s death at his news conference Thursday.
“Our hearts go out to Dawson and his family during this time,” McDermott said. “We’re right there with him supporting him and his family. It’s just tragic news. We love him and we support him and it’s just unfortunate news this morning.”
Luke Knox Cause Of Death
The cause was not revealed, though the university said police do not suspect foul play.
“We send our thoughts and prayers to Luke’s family, friends and teammates during this difficult time,” FIU athletics said in a statement. “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.”
FIU players were told of Knox’s death late Wednesday. Thursday’s practice was canceled, and grief counselors were brought in to meet with the team and others from the university community.
Bills coach Sean McDermott said he woke up Thursday morning to the news and emphasized that the franchise will support Dawson Knox and his family.