Posted by Tom Fornelli and Adam Jacobi
The Aggies have lost a member of their family. Texas A&M suffered a tragedy on Thursday afternoon when offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio died in a car accident. The 22-year old was on his way home to Jacksonville, Florida for the holidays when he got into the fatal collision.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Villasencio was trying to avoid an animal in his lane but couldn't get back into his own lane in time before colliding with an 18-wheeler. Villasencio was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
"Joey V was a tremendous person and a great Aggie," tweeted Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne. "He was an excellent student. This is a sad day for Texas A&M and our hearts are broken."
"The world lost a very special person today," former Texas A&M head football coach Mike Sherman said. "My heart aches for his mom, dad and sister, all of whom were so dear to him. His teammates, coaches and fellow students will remember him as someone who would do anything for anybody. I will always remember him as always offering me a smile whenever we talked and would always answer my questions with a simple, 'yes, coach' or 'no, coach'. He was one of the most respectful and high character players I have ever coached. It was an honor and privilege to have known him, and to have coached him. Although his life on this earth was way too short, his impact on the people he met will be everlasting. I will never forget him."
Earlier on Thursday, Villavisencio had participated in a toy giveaway with his teammates at the Twin City Mission in Bryan, Texas, according to Texas A&M. The team had purchased gifts for children and families in need, and was giving them away at the event.
Texas A&M is scheduled to meet in Houston on Tuesday, December 27, to begin final preparation for the December 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl against Northwestern.