Former Auburn Tight End, Philip Lutzenkirchen, Dead at 23

Philip Lutzenkirchen, former Auburn tight end, died early yesterday after fatal injuries sustained in a car accident.

According to Georgia State Patrol and, Lutzenkirchen was traveling south of LaGrange, Georgia as the passenger of the vehicle, when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection. The driver ultimately lost control of the vehicle, which overturned several times in the one-car accident.

The driver, who was identified as Joseph Ian Davis, was also killed in the tragic accident.

The loss of Lutzenkirchen has taken everyone from family and friends to coaches and teammates by an overwhelming wave of sadness. Auburn students decorated College Street in his honor, while teammates and coaches took to Twitter to express their sadness, including Greg Robinson, the St. Louis Rams second overall draft pick this year. Robinson and Lutzenkirchen were both played together as Aubie Tigers for two years.

Philip Lutzenkirchen was named a second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches and media after a seven-touchdown campaign in 2011, and holds school records for touchdown receptions by a tight end in both a season and a career. He was signed to a free agent contract by the Rams in 2013, but was cut due to a lingering hip injury that ended his senior year at Auburn early.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.