Mississippi State freshman defensive lineman Keith Joseph Jr., and his father, former Mississippi State linebacker, Keith Joseph Sr., were both killed in a one-car accident on Friday as they were en route to watch Joseph Jr.’s Alma mater, Pascagoula High School’s football game.
Joseph Sr. was a star linebacker for the Bulldogs from 1989-1992, while Joseph Jr. was redshirting this season for Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the tragic loss of Keith Jr. and his father,” 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,” Mullen added. “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.”
Mississippi State athletic director, Scott Stricklin, also gave his thoughts:
“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 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.”
According to the Greene County Herald, the one-vehicle accident occurred around 2:50 p.m. Friday along Mississippi 57 in rural Greene County. Joseph Sr.’s 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck left the roadway and flipped multiple times. The two were pronounced dead at approximately 3:30 p.m.