Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and Bulldogs recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy passed away in a single-car crash Sunday morning.
Willock was a passenger in an SUV that crashed in Athens around 2:45 a.m. local time, according to police. The vehicle, which was being driven by LeCroy, was traveling in the outside lane of the road when it left the roadway and struck two power poles and several trees.
Willock, a 20-year-old redshirt sophomore, was pronounced dead at the scene. LeCroy, 24, was transported to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Two other members of the program, offensive tackle Warren McClendon and recruiting staffer Tory Bowles, were injured in the accident and are both in stable condition.
“The entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student-athlete Devin Willock and football staff member Chandler LeCroy,” the university said in a statement. “Two other members of the football program were injured in the accident. They are both in stable condition, and we will continue to monitor their status with medical personnel.”
“Devin and Chandler were two special people who meant so much to the University of Georgia, our football program and our athletic department. We ask that everyone keep their families in your prayers during this very difficult time,” the school added.
Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart released his own statement on Sunday.
“We are all heartbroken and devastated with the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy. Devin was an outstanding young man in every way. He was always smiling, was a great teammate and a joy to coach. Chandler was a valuable member of our football staff and brought an incredible attitude and energy every single day. We grieve with their families for this tragic loss and will support them in every way possible.”
A New Milford, New Jersey native, Willock played in all 15 games for the Bulldogs this season, as the team won its second straight national championship. Willock started a right guard in Georgia’s victories over Tennessee and Kentucky.