Very sad news today out of New Mexico.
Two college football players - Polo Manukainiu, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman at Texas A&M; and Gaius Vaenuku, an incoming freshman defensive tackle at Utah - were killed in a single-car accident near the town of Cuba.
A third passenger, 13-year old Andrew Uhatafe, was also pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
According to New Mexico State Police, the vehicle appears to have rolled over several times. Officials have ruled out alcohol as a factor and determined only the driver was wearing his seatbelt.
"We lost a terrific young man," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said in a statement. "Polo was loved by his teammates and coaches. Anyone who came in contact with him was struck by his sense of humor and smile. My heart aches for his mom and family members."
Added Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham of his defensive player:
"Everyone who knew Gaius is heartbroken today. He was the kind of young man who lit up a room and his future in football and life had no boundaries. Words cannot express our devastation over the loss of Gaius. This is a sad day not only for University of Utah football, but for everyone whose lives Gaius crossed or would have crossed but for this tragedy. Our hearts go out to Gaius' and Salesi's families, and to the Texas A&M coaches and players. We are praying for the speedy recovery of Salesi and his father."
Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel also Tweeted about Manukainiu:
Heart hurts waking up to news about Polo.. I think I speak for everyone on our team when I say we love you brother you will be missed.