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Villavisencio

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M senior offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio was killed in a head-on, two-car accident on Highway 39 south of Normangee on Thursday. His vehicle was traveling north on Highway 39 from North Zulch toward Normangee on his way home to Jacksonville, Texas.

According to witnesses, Villavisencio's car swerved to avoid a buzzard in the roadway and his car went into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler.

"Joey V. was a tremendous person and a great Aggie," Texas A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne said.

"He epitomized selfless service in making Texas A&M a better football team. He was an excellent student and just a great kid. Joey always had a smile on his face and had such a positive influence on everyone. This is a sad day for Texas A&M and our hearts are broken for his family, his teammates and his friends."

Villavisencio was true senior radiological health engineering major. He played his freshman season in 2008 earning his first career start on the offensive line in a 49-35 A&M victory against Iowa State.

"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."

Villavisencio participated with his Texas A&M teammates earlier Thursday in presenting gifts the team purchased for children and families.

Villavisencio earned second-team all-state honors from The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association in high school, while also earning first-team academic all-state honors as well.