Devin Willock, a redshirt sophomore on the University of Georgia football team, and Chandler LeCroy, a football recruiting analyst, died in a automotive crash early Sunday, several hours after the team was feted in Athens, Ga., with a parade for winning a national championship.
“Your entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic lack of football student-athlete Devin Willock and football staff member Chandler LeCroy,” the university’s athletic association said in an announcement, adding: “Devin and Chandler were two special individuals who meant a lot to the University of Georgia, our football program and our athletic department. We ask that everybody keep their families in your prayers during this very difficult time.”
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department said in an announcement that it responded to a single-vehicle crash at 2:45 a.m. Sunday wherein a 2021 Ford Expedition struck two power poles and a number of other trees. In response to the police, LeCroy, 24, was the driving force and was transported to a hospital, where she died from her injuries; Willock, 20, died on the scene.
Two other passengers, a 21-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were hurt within the crash and in stable condition, the police and the athletic association said.
The crash got here hours after the University of Georgia’s national championship parade on Saturday. The team was celebrating its rout last Monday night of Texas Christian University, which gave this system its second consecutive national championship. On the parade, members of the team rode in convertibles and pickups while waving to cheering fans and signing autographs.
Willock, a 6-foot-7, 335-pound offensive lineman from Recent Milford, N.J., had emerged as a major contributor for the Bulldogs within the 2022 season, starting two games at right guard and playing in all 15 contests.
LeCroy had worked in various roles in Georgia’s athletic department since 2019, starting because the team’s part-time recruiting analyst in May 2021, based on her LinkedIn profile.
“Devin was an impressive young man in every way and was all the time smiling,” Georgia Coach Kirby Smart said in an announcement. “He was a fantastic teammate and a joy to teach. Chandler was a priceless member of our football staff and brought an incredible attitude each day.”