According to sources, an offensive player from the University of Georgia perished along with another person in a vehicle accident early on Sunday morning, just hours after their team won the national college football championship. Devin Willock, an offensive lineman for the University of Georgia, and Chandler LeCroy, a football staff member, died in a car accident a few hours after the team celebrated its victory in the national championship. The crash also injured two other people. The University of Georgia issued the following statement in relation to the tragedy:
“The entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student-athlete Devin Willock and football staff member Chandler LeCroy. 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.”
We are heartbroken over the passing of Devin and Chandler.
Our prayers are with their families during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/BYLH8Xipwa
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) January 15, 2023
The University of Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs early last week, on Jan. 9, by a score of 65-7. The 20-year-old Willock was declared dead at the scene, according to CBS News. LeCroy, who was operating the car, subsequently passed away in the hospital. She worked as a Georgia Bulldogs’ football recruiting analyst. The mishap happened in Georgia’s Athens. The first investigation, according to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, revealed that a Ford Expedition “left the roadway, striking two power lines and multiple trees.” The Bulldogs’ head coach Kirby Smart also released a statement:
“We are all heartbroken and devastated with the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy. Devin was an outstanding young man in every way and was always smiling. He 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.”
– Steve Sijenyi