The Mississippi State Bulldogs lost a member of its football team tonight.
Freshman defensive end Keith Joseph Jr., along with his father Keith Joseph Sr., were both killed in a car accident this evening. The team were reportedly in a one-car accident as the two were going to Joseph’s Jr.’s former high school.
This news just a night after they won 31-13 over the Missouri Tigers.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the tragic loss of Keith Jr. and his father,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said in a statement. “Keith had such a promising future as a Bulldog following in the legacy started by Keith Sr., who played for our program 25 years ago. Keith was a great student, a hard worker and a great teammate to all of us. With heavy hearts, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Joseph family, our entire Mississippi State community and all of the lives these Bulldogs touched.”
Joseph Sr. previously played for the school from 1989-1992 and was 10th all-time with 14 sacks. His son was red shirting this season.
“Words can’t express the sorrow we feel by having lost not one, but two members of the Bulldog family, father and son,” Mississippi State athletics director Scott Stricklin said in a statement from the school. “I was a classmate of Keith Sr., and took pride in having Keith Jr. follow in his dad’s footsteps at MSU. They will both be missed greatly. It’s such a tragic reminder that life is a precious and every day is a gift from God.”
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