Georgia OL Devin Willock, recruiting staffer die in car crash; 2 others seriously injured

Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy died in a car crash on Saturday night in Athens, the school announced Sunday morning.

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"The entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student-athlete Devin Willock and football staff member Chandler LeCroy," the statement said.

"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."

Jan 9, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock (77) against the TCU Horned Frogs during the CFP national championship game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock was killed in a car crash on Jan. 15 along with a Georiga recruiting staffer. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

According to the Athens-Clarke County Police, the one-car crash happened at 2:45 a.m. ET on Sunday when the 2021 Ford Expedition driven by LeCroy veered off the side of the road and slammed into two telephone poles and several trees. Willock, a 20-year-old redshirt sophomore, was reportedly dead when emergency responders got there. LeCroy was taken to the hospital and died from her injuries shortly after.

The car contained two additional passengers, a 21-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both members of the Georgia football program. They were both injured in the crash and are currently in "stable condition." No further details, including their names, have been released.

The crash happened hours after Georgia celebrated its national championship win over TCU with a parade and ceremony at Sanford Stadium. Willock, a New Jersey native, appeared in every game Georgia played this past season, including the conference championship and both College Football Playoff games.

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"We are all heartbroken and devastated with the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy," Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. "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."