Cody Ince, who played on Iowa’s offensive line from 2018-2021, passed away suddenly at the age of 23 on Saturday, July 15.

That news was confirmed by the Iowa football program on Tuesday morning. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz also released a statement on his passing:

“I am incredibly sad to hear about Cody Ince’s sudden passing. Cody was a tremendous young man, valued teammate, and contributor to our program. He loved football, fishing, hunting and believed in the importance of family and friendships. Cody was just beginning the next chapter of his life and was bout to be married. Mary and I are heartbroken for his fiancée, his family and all his friends who knew and loved him. All of us in the football program — his coaches and teammates — are mourning his loss.”

Ince primarily played left guard during his time with the Hawkeyes. He started the final 6 games of the 2020 season at left guard for Iowa.

He was forced to medically retire ahead of the 2022 season. He earned preseason second-team All-Big Ten honors from Athlon Sports and Phil Steele prior to his 2021 campaign.

In lieu of flowers, an obituary for Ince is asking for donations to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in his name.