WATCH: Georgia’s Warren McClendon recalls night of tragic crash, returns to football field

Georgia OT Warren McClendon spoke with the media at the Senior Bowl opening practice on Tuesday.
A.P. Steadham

MOBILE, Ala. — Georgia offensive tackle Warren McClendon met with media after an emotional first day of Senior Bowl practice, still searching to put the tragic events of two weeks ago behind him

“I’m holding up good, it was rough for me for a couple days, but I’ve been talking to a psychiatrist and it’s getting better,” McClendon said at Hancock-Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama.

McClendon was one of four involved in the Jan. 15 accident that claimed the lives of Georgia football offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy and left recruiting staffer Tory Bowles in serious but stable condition.

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“I’m just taking it day by day,” said McClendon, who was treated for a head injury at the hospital and released after the accident. “Some days it’s tough, some days it’s easier, but I’m taking it day by day.

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“When the wreck happened, I kind of got knocked out,” McClendon said, “so I really don’t remember too much.”

McClendon was asked about another near-accident involving the ambulance that took him to the hospital, and he said “it was just a little bump.”

The deadly accident occurred just hours after the Bulldogs’ football program celebrated its 2022 national championship season with an on-campus parade and ceremony at Sanford Stadium.

The players were reportedly en route to meet up with other Georgia teammates and program members when the accident occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 15.

McClendon started 37 cgames for Georgia at the right tackle position and is one of four Bulldogs in Mobile for this week’s Senior Bowl. McClendon practiced on Tuesday wearing the No. 77 number once adorned by Willock.ock in the back seat of the UGA-rented Ford Expedition being driven by LeCroy.

The UGA Athletic Association issued a release last Friday that the vehicle was only to be used by staff members for “recruiting activities only,” and personal use was “strictly prohibited.”

McClendon started 37 consecutive games for Georgia at the right tackle position and is one of four Bulldogs in Mobile for this week’s Senior Bowl.

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