Mississippi State will be playing the rest of this season with heavy hearts.
Bulldogs freshman defensive end Keith Joseph, Jr. and his father Keith Joseph, Sr. died in a car accident late Friday night. The two were involved in a one-car accident on the way to attend a game at Joseph Jr.’s former high school, according to a statement released by Mississippi State.
“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.”
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) November 7, 2015
Joseph was redshirting the 2015 season. His father played linebacker for the Bulldogs from 1989-92 and ranks 10th in school history with 14 sacks.
“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.”