Auburn, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Former Auburn star tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen died in a car accident Sunday morning. He was 23.
A member of the Tigers’ historic 2010 national championship team, Lutzenkirchen died from injuries sustained in the accident that occurred near LaGrange, Georgia.
The Tigers’ athletic department confirmed the news, with university athletic director Jay Jacobs calling Lutzenkirchen’s death “a devastating tragedy for his family, the Auburn family and his countless friends.”
“On the field, Philip was a great player and competitor, but more importantly, he was a great teammate and friend off the field,” said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Philip’s parents, Mike and Mary, and all of his family and friends who are grieving his passing. This is a sad day for the entire Auburn family,” Malzahn added.
Lutzenkirchen, who played for the Tigers from 2009-12, owns Auburn’s all-time record for touchdown catches by a tight end (14), including the game-winning touchdown against Alabama in 2010.
He was named a second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches and media after a seven-touchdown campaign in 2011. He 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.