South Carolina fans paid tribute to the late brother of Gamecocks quarterback Ryan Hilinski during Saturday’s game against Alabama.
Hilinski, a true freshman, made his second start of the season for the Gamecocks on Saturday. As the third quarter began, fans at Williams-Brice Stadium put up the No. 3 in unison as a tribute to Tyler Hilinski, who wore the number when he played quarterback at Washington State.
South Carolina honors Tyler Hilinski, brother of Gamecocks QB Ryan Hilinski, by holding up his No. 3. pic.twitter.com/oq3h8L6vld— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) September 14, 2019
Gamecock fans hold up 3 fingers at the start of the 3rd quarter for mental health awareness in honor QB Ryan Hilinski’s brother who committed suicide pic.twitter.com/6f5pex1b1c— Andy Shain (@AndyShain) September 14, 2019
Tyler Hilinski committed suicide in January 2018 when he was a redshirt sophomore at Washington State. Since then, the Hilinski family has made it their mission to promote mental health awareness, including starting a nonprofit organization called “Hilinski’s Hope.” The family’s story was featured on ESPN’s “E:60.”
3 is more than a number for South Carolina QB Ryan Hilinski. It symbolizes a brother’s eternal bond and hope for healing. pic.twitter.com/4Jeh2lKD6a— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 14, 2019
In the lead-up to Saturday’s game, an idea to raise three fingers in the air in honor of Tyler and in support of Ryan emerged. That’s how the younger Hilinski paid tribute to his brother after throwing his first career touchdown pass last weekend against Charleston Southern.
Ryan Hilinski was a top 50 recruit in the 2019 class. He became South Carolina’s starting quarterback after senior Jake Bentley was lost for the season with a foot injury. Hilinski completed 24-of-30 throws for 282 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in his debut.
On Saturday, Hilinski completed 36-of-57 passes for 324 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 47-23 loss.
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