AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - There was a somber mood across Auburn University's campus Monday as students try to wrap their minds around the fact that former AU football player and fan favorite Philip Lutzenkirchen is gone.
"I've heard great things about him. He's a true Auburn man he'll be greatly missed by all of us," explains Auburn student Tricia Wenke.
Both the Auburn Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs suffered loss Sunday in the Troup County car accident that claimed the life of Lutzenkirchen and UGA baseball player Ian Davis.
Fans and friends rolled trees at Toomer's Corner at 4:30 Sunday afternoon to honor the life of number 43.
"The nicest guy, so humble and a lot of people have egos when they are I the spotlight like that. From what I've known and heard, he was just the nicest person and always just so happy and go lucky," explains Auburn student Jenni Roy.
Smith, a voice of Jordan-Hare Stadium, advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and announcer at AU's commencement ceremonies, says he remembers the day Philip took the graduation stage to receive his Communications degree.
"As Philip walked up he handed me his card, as all students do, that has his name on it and he kind of smiled at me. I looked up at him and said, now how do you pronounce that? So we got a kick out of that," explains Smith.
When news of Lutzenkichen's death surfaced Sunday morning, an outpouring of support and love from fans, family and friends took over social media.
And even though Lutzenkirchen was a star on AU's 2010 National Championship team, he is known for much more than football and has a legacy of kindness and compassion that will live on for years to come.
"Of course a big part about Phil is football, but in all these tributes it's about him, it's about the person that he was and I think that's the biggest tribute of all," says Smith. "It tells you the type of person he truly was."
We have heard that a memorial service will take place Wednesday at Lutzenkirchen's amateur, Lassiter High School, in Marietta Georgia.