Saturday’s news of the tragic and untimely passing of Louisiana assistant DJ Looney hit the Mississippi State family hard. Looney was a 2010 graduate of Mississippi State, contributing to the Bulldogs 2007 Liberty Bowl win and the 2010 team’s blowout win over Michigan in the Gator Bowl. After his playing career, Looney got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant on Dan Mullen’s 2011 staff and returned to MSU as the tight ends coach in 2017.

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As a former Bulldogs offensive lineman and coach, Looney was close to current Florida assistant John Hevesy, who coached the offensive line at MSU from 2009-17. Hevesy shared his reaction to the tragic news on Twitter.

“It’s been a long day since that phone call this morning,” Hevesy wrote. “He needed to touch thousands more! We talked yesterday! There are 100’s of stories on DJ! So when you think of a story of him smile like he would want you too! Praying for the Looney’s! I miss you already!”

Looney was 31.

Photo via John Hevesy on Twitter @CoachHevesy

Photo via John Hevesy on Twitter @CoachHevesy