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           === Texas A&M, Utah football players die in car crash ===
 
 College  Station, TX  (Sports  Network)  - Texas  A&M  redshirt freshman  Polo
 Manukainiu and incoming Utah recruit Gaius Vaenuku were among three passengers
 killed in a one-car accident in New Mexico on Monday.
 
 Texas  A&M has  confirmed the death of the 19-year-old Manukainiu, a native of
 Euless,  TX  who was a reserve  defensive lineman for the Aggies. Vaenuku, 18,
 was  Manukainiu's  former teammate at Trinity  High School and was set to join
 the Utes' program this summer.
 
 "We  lost  a terrific young  man," Texas A&M  head football coach Kevin Sumlin
 said  of Manukainiu.  "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."
 
 A  report  from the  New Mexico  State Police stated  that both Manukainiu and
 Vaenuku  were two  of  five people  traveling  south on  U.S.  Highway 550  in
 Sandoval  County  in a  2002 Toyota  Sequoia that drifted  off the roadway and
 rolled  several times.  Manukainiu and another passenger, Andrew Uhatafe, were
 each ejected from the vehicle and died instantly. Vaenuku was transported from
 the  scene  in an  ambulance but  was pronounced  dead on  arrival to San Juan
 Regional hospital.
 
 Both  the car's  driver and another passenger sustained minor injuries. Police
 said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
 
 Aggies  quarterback and  reigning Heisman  Trophy winner  Johnny Manziel  also
 offered his condolences to Manukainiu's family via Twitter on Tuesday.
 
 "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," Manziel tweeted.
 
 
 
 07/30 12:10:09 ET

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