Georgia senior safety Richard LeCounte III was injured in an off-field accident involving a motorcycle Saturday evening after returning from the Bulldogs’ 14-3 road win over Kentucky. On Sunday, Georgia director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson provided an update on LeCounte, noting that while his injuries are not critical, he will remain in the hospital for an undetermined amount of time.
“Richard LeCounte was injured in a motor vehicle accident Saturday evening in Athens,” Courson said in a statement. “He was transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center where he was treated in the trauma center. He is still in the hospital for further medical care. His injuries are not life-threatening and a full recovery is expected. “We would like to thank the emergency medical technicians, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel who helped care for Richard. Richard’s family would also like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes during this time.”
LeCounte had 13 tackles in the road win, second on the team, with six solo stops, three pass breakups, and a fumble recovery. He is second on the team with 39 tackles in six games this season, and leads the team with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries on the year.
There’s no word yet on the specific extent of his injuries and it’s way too early to discuss any sort of timeline for when he might get over those, with Georgia set to face a top 10 opponent in Florida this weekend in Jacksonville (Fla.) that could decide the SEC East Division. The Bulldogs also had multiple defensive starters go down on Saturday, including sophomore safety Lewis Cine. Chris Smith stepped in for Cine and played well, but the Bulldogs have very little experience at that spot after Smith. It’s very possible that the Bulldogs could use Tyrique Stevenson or Mark Webb, both of whom play the STAR/nickel spot, to fill in if Cine is out for an extended period of time.
LeCounte, a former five-star prospect, had a chance to jump to the NFL after the 2019 season but chose to come back for his senior year. He was named preseason, first-team All American by multiple outlets after starting 14 games and tallying 61 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two forces fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He also had a team-high four interceptions.
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