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Former Auburn Defensive Star Quentin Groves Passes Away

Auburn has lost one of its greats all too soon.

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In very sad news, today, we learned that former Auburn Tiger star Quentin Groves has passed away at the age of 32.

Groves played for the Tigers from 2004 through 2007. He started off strong leading the team in sacks with 7.5 by the end of his redshirt freshman season. He finished his career tied atop the career sacks list for Auburn at 26.

Q played the game with obvious joy, and he was a joy to watch. The exact cause of death has not been confirmed at the moment, though it is reported to be a heart attack. AuburnUndercover recounts the heart issues Grove has struggled with from Wolff-Parkinson-Whie Syndrome. The official site says that he passed away in his sleep in Trinidad - his wife's home - where they were celebrating their daughter's birthday.

Even with those issues that led many to question his ability to play in the League, Groves still was in the League in some fashion up until 2015. He provided Auburn fans with so many fun moments, including a big sack leading to a scoop-and-score to seal the 2007 Kansas State game and one of the many sacks of Brodie Croyle in the 2005 Iron Bowl.

Quentin will be sorely missed by the Auburn Family. He's one of the good guys. A great man. A great Auburn Man. And he never lost to Alabama.

War Eagle, Q. See hello to Lutzie for us, will ya?