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Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock, team recruiting staff member dies in car crash

Young Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock passes away after car crash early Sunday morning.

Devin Willock
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The Georgia Bulldogs managed to win their second consecutive College Football National Championship on Monday, January 9. Less than a week later, tragedy has struck the football team.

Devin Willock, a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman who plays for Georgia, died after being involved in a car accident in Athens, Georgia, on Sunday morning. Chandler LeCroy, a member of the university’s recruiting staff, also died in the crash.

The single-vehicle accident is believed to have taken place at 2:45 AM ET, with a 2021 Ford Expedition going off-road and striking two power poles in addition to several trees nearby. Willock died at the scene of the crash. LeCroy was driving, and later was transported to a local area hospital via ambulance, but later died.

Two other passengers were in the SUV at the time, with a 21-year-old male suffering minor injuries, but a 26-year-old female passenger reportedly suffered serious ailments.

Willock, who was from New Milford, New Jersey, was just 20 years old and started two games this past season for Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs.

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Georgia Bulldogs issue statement on Devin Willock, Chandler LeCroy’s passing

In response to losing two valuable members of their organization, the Georgia Bulldogs promptly released a statement to address the unforeseen event.

“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.

“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.”

Georgia Bulldogs’ statement on Devin Willock

It was just hours before Willock’s crash that he made a young Bulldogs fan’s day, allowing a kid to wear his championship ring, which his father shared on social media.

While Willock may no longer be with us, it’s clear he left a lasting impression on the people he was able to interact with.

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