There were some who might have been worried that Cincinnati was going to get one final play after Jack Podlesny’s game-winning final. The Bearcats had the ball on their own 2-yard line with just two seconds to go.
For senior safety Richard LeCounte this was an opportunity. The senior safety had one final chance to get out onto the field after he had missed the previous four games stemming from injuries suffered during an October traffic accident.
Then following a win over Kentucky, LeCounte was involved in a traffic accident where he sustained a concussion, a shoulder injury as well as a number of bruises and scrapes.
The Bulldogs missed him greatly against Florida, as the Gators put up 44 points and over 500 yards of offense.
LeCounte could’ve decided to call it a year and start readying for the 2021 NFL Draft. The senior from Riceboro, Ga., accepted a Senior Bowl invite and that will be a valuable chance for NFL teams to get a closer look at the standout safety.
But LeCounte wanted to be around his teammates. He wanted to remain with the team and see the field one last time. So while some of his teammates declared for the NFL draft, he stayed with the Bulldogs through bowl practices.
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He was one of the key leaders for the Georgia team this year and it shows in the comments made by teammate Chris Smith.
LeCounte was the first player to commit to Smart when he took over as Georgia’s head coach back in 2015. He was perhaps the face of the Georgia program for this season and a key leader. He helped lead Georgia out onto the field against Cincinnati, as this was the first time since the Kentucky game that LeCounte dressed out.
The year didn’t go the way LeCounte or any Georgia fan hoped. But LeCounte got to play one last time, and he and the Bulldogs helped start the 2021 year on a happy and positive note.
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