Arizona Wildcats honor late teammate Zach Hemmila before game in Glendale

Posted at 8:43 PM, Sep 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-03 23:47:09-04

Arizona honored offensive lineman Zach Hemmila before its game against BYU on Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The 22-year-old Hemmila died on Aug. 8 of unknown causes, casting a pall on the Wildcats as they tried to prepare for their season.

UA honored Hemmila with a ceremony as his parents and girlfriend looked on about 15 minutes before kickoff. 

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Coach Rich Rodriguez, offensive line coach Jim Michalczik and athletic director Greg Byrne joined them on the field as a tribute to the fallen player on the video board. His parents were handed a framed jersey at the end of the ceremony.

Hemmila was also a captain for Saturday's game, and his fellow captains carried his jersey to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

Arizona's players will wear stickers with Hemmila's No. 65 on their helmets all season, and the coaches will have patches on their hats.