Ex-UW football player drowns in Hawaii

Ex-UW football player drowns in Hawaii
Hawaii offensive linesman Dave Lefotu (76) looks to the night sky and holds his fingers in the shape of a "W" for his teammate Willis Wilson after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

HONOLULU (AP) - Authorities say Hawaii running back Willis Wilson was found dead off of Oahu's Sandy Beach after a wave overcame him in shallow water.

Hawaii's athletics department confirmed Wilson's death.

A Honolulu Fire Department report says Wilson was among a group of three men and two women who were wading in shallow water at about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Fire officials and Coast Guard rescuers were called after the group noticed that the 21-year-old Wilson was no longer with them. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that his body was recovered a few hours later.

Wilson was born in Pearl City and attended high school in Lakewood, Wash., where he was an all-state running back. He transferred from Washington last summer after spending three seasons with the Huskies. He made the travel roster for the Rainbow Warriors' first three games.