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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Crowell among suspended Georgia players

By staff

Three Georgia running backs, including freshman starter Isaiah Crowell, have been suspended for Saturday's nonconference game against New Mexico State.

Also suspended were Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome. Georgia coach Mark Richt said the three players violated team policy.

Radi Nabulsi of DawgNation reported that the suspensions stemmed from a postive drug test that was administered last week. Georgia defeated Florida 24-20 last Saturday in Jacksonville, and Crowell played in the game.

The Bulldogs could be down to a walk-on at running back against New Mexico State. Richard Samuel, who played well in the fourth quarter last week, injured his ankle late in the game and underwent surgery Tuesday to repair ligament damage. He will miss the remainder of the regular season.

Sophomore Brandon Harton would be next on the depth chart, but there's a chance that Georgia could also use cornerbacks Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith at running back. Both have gotten carries this season.

The bigger question, though, revolves around Crowell.

He's without question a very talented player, but the jury remains out on whether or not he's mentally tough enough, mature enough or durable enough to ever be a great running back in this league.

It's obvious he wasn't in the kind of football shape he needed to be in when he reported to preseason camp, and he's also been knocked out of several games with various injuries. Now you've got the report of the failed drug test.

The skills are there, but the Bulldogs have to be wondering if they'll be able to count on Crowell long term.