Friday, June 29, 2012
Isaiah Crowell dismissed from Georgia
By Edward Aschoff
Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the team Friday after being arrested on weapons charges by Athens-Clarke County police overnight.
The 19-year-old Crowell was arrested and charged with a felony count of possessing a weapon in a school zone, a felony count of altered identification mark, and misdemeanor count of possession/carrying a concealed weapon, according to the Athens-Clarke County Jail Booking report.
After what had already been a very up-and-down freshman year for Crowell at Georgia, coach Mark Richt made the decision to cut his losses with the former top recruit, and it's hard to blame him for parting ways with the troubled youngster.
"We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season," Richt said in a news release. "Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort."
When you talk to Crowell's teammates, you could tell that they were all rooting for him -- as a player and a person. But he just caused too many headaches for this team and this coaching staff.
Once a firearm -- with an altered ID number -- was involved, it was hard seeing Crowell returning to Richt's team. His two suspensions and disciplinary issues last year were worrisome, but having a gun in a school zone was just too much. This spring, Richt talked about how he wanted to see Crowell turn the corner and mature even more as he headed into Year 2 with the Bulldogs. He saw glimpses of it this spring, but it wasn't to be.
Now, it's time Georgia, which could compete for more than just an SEC title this fall, to move on and get back on track.
The good news for the Bulldogs is that the running back cupboard isn't bare. Georgia signed two talented running backs in 2012 -- early enrollee Keith Marshall and incoming frosh Todd Gurley. Marshall really impressed this spring, and both were expected to see time this fall. Now, they'll have to, and they'll have to be even more ready for the college grind. But they won't be alone, as redshirt sophomore Ken Malcome, who had a very good spring, returns as well.
Crowell had a short, drama-filled career at Georgia, but it's time for the Bulldogs to move on and leave the distractions behind as fall camp approaches.