Mississippi State DE Keith Joseph Jr. and father killed in car crash

Mississippi State freshman defensive end Keith Joseph Jr. was killed in a car crash Friday night along with his father Keith Joseph Sr.

According to the school, the two were on the way to see a Pascagoula High School football game. Joseph Jr. played at Pascagoula. Mississippi State played at Missouri on Thursday night.

“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. played at Mississippi State from 1989-1992. He was a linebacker and recorded 14 sacks in his career.

“Words can’t express the sorrow we feel by having lost not one, but two members of the Bulldog family, father and son,” MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “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.”

Joseph Jr. was redshirting this season. He was a three-star recruit in the class of 2015 and the No. 6 player in the state of Mississippi according to Rivals.

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