Warren McClendon Sr says son is doing ‘well’ after crash kills Willock and LeCroy

Bruno Cooke January 16, 2023
Warren McClendon Sr says son is doing ‘well’ after crash kills Willock and LeCroy

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Warren McClendon sustained injuries in the car crash that killed Georgia Bulldogs teammate Devin Willock (age 20) and Chandler LeCroy (24) on Sunday morning, but according to a family member, his injuries were not severe.

His father told the Athens Banner-Herald that son was doing “well” following the accident, according to 247 Sports, and required only modest hospital treatment.

“Lil Warren was in the car that was involved in the accident and he is doing well,” the outlet quotes Warren Sr as saying, via text message.

What do we know about his college life and football career of the young Georgia Bulldog?

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How old is Warren McClendon? Age and education of Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle

Born April 11, 2001, Warren McClendon’s age is 21, as of time of publication. He will turn 22 in a couple of months’ time.

That makes him older than teammate Devin Willock, and younger than recruiting analyst Chandler LeCroy, whose ages were 20 and 24 respectively, at the time of their deaths.

McClendon grew up in Brunswick, Georgia, and went to Brunswick High School. WSAV reported in early 2022 that he is one of the “best offensive linemen” the Brunswick Pirates has “ever produced.”

And three years after leaving Brunswick, McClendon’s influence was still at work there. “Warren was getting all this national attention and because all these coaches were coming in, they were able to see other players,” then-Brunswick High head football coach Sean Pender told the station.

Football is in his blood

Southern Pigskin writes that Warren McClendon’s name will “ring familiar to the red and black faithful.” Why? Because of his family connections in the sport.

His uncle is Willie McClendon, who was running back for the University of Georgia. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame inducted him in February 2015.

And Warren’s cousin, Bryan McClendon, is currently the wide receivers coach and pass game coordinator at UGA. He recently transferred from the University of Oregon, and used to work for the University of South Carolina.

In other words, Warren McClendon was as well placed as anyone to do well in college football – referring to his family connections, Southern Pigskin describes him as coming from “Bulldog royalty.”

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How is Warren McClendon doing after the car crash? Father provides update on injuries

“Lil Warren was in the car that was involved in the accident,” his father, Warren Sr, reportedly told the Athens Banner-Herald via text message. 

“He is doing well,” he added, providing an update on his son’s injuries. “We are asking everyone to pray for Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy’s family. We are with lil Warren and will let everyone know more later. Thank you for your prayers.”

His father added that Warren McClendon is “devastated” about the loss of his roommate and close friend. This is notwithstanding relief over having sustained only relatively minor injuries himself.

He only required a “couple stitches” in his forehead, 247 Sports notes.

He had only just declared for the NFL draft

Age 21 and a fourth-year junior, Warren McClendon announced his declaration for the NFL draft via social media on Saturday.

Sports Illustrated’s Fan Nation predicts that he will go somewhere in the first three rounds of the draft.

The injuries McClendon sustained in the car crash that killed Willock and LeCroy come just weeks after he suffered a left knee injury that meant he couldn’t finish the 2022 SEC Championship final game against LSU.

McClendon retweeted Barstool’s post about the deaths of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy. He added a broken heart emoji and a dove carrying a green sprig in its beak, the latter often meaning to represent peace, love, hope, and reconciliation.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.