COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M senior offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio has been killed in a car accident, according to the university.
Villavisencio, 22, swerved to avoid a buzzard and veered head-on into the path of an 18-wheeler near the town of Normangee about 40 miles from College Station, on Thursday, according to witness reports.
Villavisencio spent part of Thursday with the team delivering gifts to families at a local shelter after the Aggies finished their last workout on campus in preparation for the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on Dec. 31. Villavisencio was heading to his home in Jacksonville, Texas, at the time of the crash.
"He was one of the most respectful and high-character players I've ever coached," former A&M coach Mike Sherman, who was fired Dec. 1, told the Houston Chronicle. "It was an honor and privilege to have known him and coached him."
Villavisencio saw limited action in his career with the Aggies, but touched many involved in the program. Sherman said everyone will remember him as a person "who would do anything for anybody."
Villavisencio was a three-year letterman whom athletic director Bill Byrne said "epitomized selfless service" to helping the Aggies improve as a team.
Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.