Former star Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, a member of the Tigers' historic 2010 national championship team, has died after a car accident early Sunday morning. The story was first reported by 247sports and later confirmed by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. He was 23 years old.
Lutzenkirchen was involved in a single-car wreck at around 3:06 a.m. Sunday in Troup County, Georgia. The driver, Joseph Davis, a former Georgia baseball player, was also killed in the accident. Two other passengers were injured and taken to West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange.
Lutzenkirchen, a former All-SEC selection, was a high-profile recruit out of Lassiter (Ga.) High School, signing with the Tigers as a member of their class of 2009. After a minimal role in his first season on campus, Lutzenkirchen caught the eventual game-winning touchdown against Alabama in 2010 and recorded a career-long 39-yard catch in the Tigers' national championship game win over Oregon.
He 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.
Auburn fans are remembering him at College and Magnolia.
My brother is invincible.Not only my hero but my best friend.Thanks for all the prayers and support to our family. pic.twitter.com/dQ12j7FZK7— Abby Lutzenkirchen (@abbylutzenkir) June 29, 2014