Saturday, November 19, 2011
Dawgs need a healthy Isaiah Crowell
By ESPN.com staff
Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell is hurt ... again.
He went down Saturday on the Bulldogs' first possession with an ankle injury, although Georgia coach Mark Richt said at the close of the first half that Crowell could possibly return in the second half.
Georgia, clinging to a 12-10 lead over Kentucky early in the third quarter, needs him. Not only do the Bulldogs need him in this game, but they're definitely going to need him down the stretch if they're going to close out this season the way they want to.
Without Crowell, Georgia wasn't able to run the ball at all in the first half against Kentucky. Backup running back Carlton Thomas isn't playing because of personal reasons, which means sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray has had to do it almost exclusively through the air.
Give the Wildcats credit. They're not just going through the motions and came to play. Had it not been for three turnovers in the first half, they would be ahead right now.
But getting back to Crowell, his durability has been an issue all season and really the only thing holding him back from being a great player.