Liberty County native Richard LeCounte was named to the Sporting News Pre-Season All-American Team June 25.
The Liberty County High School graduate and University of Georgia Senior Defensive back averaged 50 tackles per season, according to the report on Sporting News.
Sporting News writer Bill Bender said LeCounte, “Excelled at creating turnovers for the Bulldogs. He’s a veteran playmaker who will be counted on to lead another elite Georgia defense vying for a fourth straight SEC East Division championship.”
In his Bulldog career so far, the Riceboro native has played in 38 games, made 150 total tackles, five interceptions and deflected 11 passes.
Last season LeCounte was the Co-winner of the Defensive Most Improved Player award, according to the Bulldogs’ website. He started all 14 games at safety and was the team’s third-leading tackler with 61 total stops.
LeCounte leads the SEC in fumbles recovered with three and is second in interceptions with fou last season. Last year he was also the chosen as the preseason All-SEC Third Team Defense by media.
UGA recently released a series of videos highlighting several of their football players.
LeCounte was featured in one video where he recounted the following story about his experiences at UGA:
“My first time stepping
out there on that field. My blood was flowing, 100 thousand fans screaming, yelling, going crazy. That is something that you cannot even imagine. I have met a lot of guys, as far as my teammates, that I am able to call my brothers now. We are locked in for life.”
“My favorite memory as being a Bulldog is going to Notre Dame my freshman year, starting. That was basically, I feel like, the start of my career there at Georgia.
“For a guy coming out of South Georgia, UGA had a lot to offer to me. A great education, exposure to a lot. I have no regrets from the day I signed that piece of paper making myself a Bulldog. Looking back on the days now, I am kind of getting sad because my time flew by so fast. I was able to come to Athens and grow. It’s been something special.”