Former Arizona offensive lineman Warner Smith dies at age 44

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former Arizona offensive lineman Warner Smith has died after battling Lou Gehrig's disease for more than three years. He was 44.

The university said Smith died Tuesday.

Smith was a four-year starter and senior team captain for Arizona and a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree as a guard.

During his career from 1991 to 1994, the Wildcats compiled a 28-18-1 overall record and appeared in three bowl games, including the 1994 Fiesta Bowl when Arizona beat 10th-ranked Miami 29-0 to cap the program's first 10-win season.

School officials say Smith was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2014.

A native of San Manuel, Arizona, Smith is survived by his wife, Becky; 6-year-old daughter, Carlee; and other family members.

Funeral plans are pending.