Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and a recruiting staff member were killed early Sunday in a car crash, the school said, just hours later. the Bulldogs celebrated their second straight national championship with parade and ceremony.

Two other members of the soccer program were injured in the accident, which occurred in Athens, just south of the Georgia campus. They were not immediately identified, but the school said both were in stable condition.

The single-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m., according to a statement from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

On Saturday, Georgia marked its TCU routed 65-7 in the national championship game with a parade through the city and a ceremony at Sanford Stadium.

The initial investigation found that a Ford Expedition «went off the road, striking two power poles and several trees,» the statement said.

Willock, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, Chandler LeCroy, 24, was transported to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.

LeCroy was a scouting analyst for the Bulldogs.

“We are all heartbroken and devastated by the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “Devin was an outstanding young man in every way. He was always smiling, he was a great teammate and a pleasure to coach.»

Smart said that LeCroy was “a valued member of our football staff and brought incredible attitude and energy every day. We grieve with their families at this tragic loss and will support them in any way possible.»

Police said the accident was still under investigation and they have not determined what factors may have contributed to the crash. It may take several days before a report is issued.

«The entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic loss of soccer student and athlete Devin Willock and soccer staff member Chandler LeCroy,» the school’s statement said. “Devin and Chandler were two special people who meant a lot to the University of Georgia, our soccer program, and our athletic department. We ask everyone to keep their families in your prayers during this very difficult time.»

Willock was a 6-foot-7, 335-pound redshirt sophomore from New Milford, New Jersey.

He played extensively as a backup during the 2022 season and started at right guard in the Southeastern Conference wins over Tennessee and Kentucky.

With linemen Warren McClendon and Warren Ericson declaring for the NFL draft, Willock likely would have been in the running for a starting job in 2023 when the Bulldogs seek a third straight national title.

Police said a 21-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries and a 26-year-old female passenger suffered serious injuries. Neither the school nor police released their identities, but the Georgia statement said «we will continue to monitor his condition with medical personnel.»

Georgia also said that its performance and mental health staff «would make sure to provide the best possible support to our staff and student-athletes who are processing this grief.»

A few hours before his death, Willock retweeted a post. it showed him taking time with a young Georgia fan in what appeared to be a restaurant, even letting the young man wear his championship ring.

«Special thanks to @DevinWillock for spending time with my grandson when he didn’t have to,» the tweet read. “You did everything you could to make him feel special and you made his day! Good luck next year! Let’s go friends!»