Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and Bulldogs recruiter Chandler LeCroy died Sunday morning in a car accident.
Willock was a passenger in the SUV that crashed in Athens at around 2:45 a.m. local time, according to police. The vehicle, driven by LeCroy, was traveling in the outer lane of the road as it left the lane, hitting two power poles and several trees.
Willock, a 20-year-old redshirt sophomore, was pronounced dead at the scene. LeCroy, 24, was taken to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Two other members of the program, offensive tackle Warren McClendon and recruiter Tory Bowles, were injured in the accident and are in stable condition.
“Families throughout Georgia are devastated by the tragic loss of football student athlete Devin Willock and football staff Chandler LeCoy,” the university said in a statement. Two members of the crew were injured in the incident. They are both in a stable condition and we will continue to monitor their condition with paramedics.”
“Devin and Chandler are two special individuals who mean so much to the University of Georgia, our football program and athletic department. We ask everyone to keep their families in their prayers during this very difficult time,” the school added road.
Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart issued his own statement on Sunday.
“We are all devastated by the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCoe. Devin was a fantastic young man in every way. He was always smiling, a fantastic teammate and a great teammate. Happy to coach. Chandler was a valued member of our football staff who brought incredible attitude and energy every day. We mourn this tragic loss with their families and will continue to Support them in every possible way.”
A native of New Milford, New Jersey, Willock played in all 15 games for the Bulldogs this season, helping the Bulldogs win their second consecutive national title. Willock started at right guard in Georgia’s wins over Tennessee and Kentucky.