MSU football player Keith Joseph, his dad die in car crash
- Mississippi State freshman defensive lineman Keith Joseph Jr., along with his father Keith Joseph Sr., died Friday night in a car crash, the school confirmed.
Joseph Jr., who was redshirting this season, graduated from Pascagoula High School, where the two were reportedly headed to watch a football game. The school said they died in a one-car accident.
Joseph Sr. also played for the Bulldogs from 1989 - 1992, recording 14 sacks as a linebacker.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the tragic loss of Keith Jr. and his father,” MSU 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 athletic director Scott Stricklin said he was a classmate of Joseph Sr.
“Words can’t express the sorrow we feel by having lost not one, but two members of the Bulldog family, father and son,” Stricklin said. “I ... 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.”
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze offered support to the rival team, tweeting Friday night, "Tragic, awful news. Gold bless the JOSEPH family and everyone in the MSU program."