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MSU head coach Dan Mullen says Keith Joseph, Jr. was a special young man

STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen and the entire Bulldog family will honor freshman football player Keith Joseph Jr. and his dad Keith Joseph Sr. with a memorial service at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville Thursday afternoon at 12:30.

Joseph Jr. and his dad died in a one-car accident Friday while driving to Pascagoula to attend the Panthers playoff game. Mississippi State will wear the initials "MJ" on their helmets when the Bulldogs battle 3rd ranked Alabama Saturday at 2:30.

Joseph Jr. a redshirt freshman was known by his Mississippi State teammates as MJ. Coach Mullen says MJ was truly a great player, student and a great person.

"He was a great young man, "stated Mullen. "He gave unbelievable effort in everything he was doing.  4.0 student here at Mississippi State. He was a great student coming out of high school.  Scout team player every week.  Had to share the award with other people because it wouldn't have been fair because he was that.  He was the guy who gave everything that he had at whatever he was doing.  He gave his absolute best every single day."

A service for Joseph Sr. and Jr. is also planned on the Gulf Coast, but the location and time hasn't been decided at this time.

Oakland Raiders rookie defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. reportedly will attend the services for Keith Joseph Jr. on Friday.  The service planned on the coast has not been finalized yet.  Edwards is the half-brother of Keith Jr.  If the name sounds familiar, it should.  Edwards Jr. is the son of former Pascagoula High School standout cornerback Mario Edwards Sr. who played college football at Florida State from 1995-1999 and later played in the NFL.

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