UGA baseball coach Stricklin: Davis ‘was a joy to coach’

Joseph Ian Davis made an impression on his coaches and teammates during his stint on Georgia’s fall baseball roster.

“He was the fourth catcher on our roster in the fall and it was a tough job,” Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “He never complained, always came to practice with a smile on his face.”

Davis, 22, died in single-car accident near LaGrange early Sunday morning. Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, 23, died in the same accident.

“It was just a shock,” Stricklin said. “It’s something you don’t expect. We’re heartbroken for his family.”

Davis was partially ejected from the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe he was driving around 3:05 a.m. Sunday morning. The car failed to stop at a stop sign and overturned several times.

Davis, a junior college transfer from USC-Sumter, came to Georgia’s walk-on tryouts in the fall and played for the Bulldogs through the fall season. He did not make the spring roster, but remained in contact with coaches and players throughout the season.

“He was willing to do anything we asked him to do,” Stricklin said. “He was a joy to coach.”

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