NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) _ Funeral services will be held Saturday for Kirt Straughter, a Northwestern Louisiana football player who drowned in a boating accident.

Straughter, 21, and two teammates were in a canoe that capsized Wednesday on Chaplin's Lake, said Doug Ireland, a university spokesman.

The other players, Freddie Wallace and Randy Hilliard, regained control of the boat and had begun pushing it toward the bank when Straughter went under water, Ireland said.

Straughter was pulled from the water about 15 minutes later and was taken to Natchitoches Parish Hospital, where he died, Ireland said.

Straughter was not wearing a life jacket, Ireland said. Wallace, a senior linebacker, and Hilliard, a junior defensive back, were wearing life jackets and reached shore safely, he said.

Straughter, a sophomore tailback, played but did not letter on Northwestern's 1988 Southland Conference championship team.