Report: Former Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen dies in car accident

Auburn Athletics Department spokesman Kirk Sampson shared with USA Today Sports that former Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen died in a car accident early Sunday morning.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn shared through a released statement,

“I’m deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Philip Lutzenkirchen.  He was a great young man who touched the lives of everyone he knew in a positive way. On the field, Philip was a great player and competitor, but more importantly, he was a great teammate and friend off the field.

“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. I find peace knowing that even though Philip was taken from us too soon, that he lived his life to the fullest, leaving a lifetime of great memories for his family and friends to cherish forever.”

Lutzenkirchen was a key player on the 2010 BCS Championship team and is Auburn’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions by a tight end with 14.

Prayers go out to his family as well as to the other 3 who were in the car with Lutzenkirchen.