Fan talk: UGA doesn’t need Isaiah Crowell to be the next Herschel Walker

Let’s answer some Junkyard Mail …

Like all UGA tailbacks, Isaiah Crowell must operate in someone's shadow. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Like all UGA tailbacks, Isaiah Crowell must operate in someone's shadow. (Jason Getz / AJC)

JerryDawg writes: After all the build-up, I’m getting awfully concerned that Isaiah Crowell is going to be another tailback bust for the Dawgs. I’ve heard and read all kinds of reports that he showed up in Athens with an attitude, skipped some workouts and had to have some of his teammates sit him down and try to get his head on straight. Are you worried, Bill?

I think Mark Richt said it best: “We don’t expect Isaiah to save the program. We don’t expect Isaiah to put the team on his back. We expect Isaiah to learn what to do and to do things the Georgia way and to try to do anything he can to help the team win as a freshman. We’ll see how far that goes.”

As for the rumors, I don’t put that much stock in anonymous reports on the Internet. But more importantly, can we let the kid have his first official practice as a Georgia Bulldog before we start worrying about his attitude or work ethic? That’s one of the downsides of today’s 24/7 media environment: Players are constantly being scrutinized. Can you imagine what it would have been like had the blogosphere and social media existed when Herschel Walker first hit Athens? He didn’t exactly tear it up in preseason practice his freshman year, with Vince Dooley famously fretting that he was concerned No. 34 was going to wind up being just another “big, stiff fullback.” We found out differently once it was for real.

What would the blogosphere have made of worries Herschel Walker would be just a big, stuff fullback? (AJC file)

What would the blogosphere have made of worries Herschel Walker would be just a big, stuff fullback? (AJC file)

I’m not saying that Crowell will be the next Herschel Walker. Or even the next Knowshon Moreno. Heck, after the past couple of seasons, I’d settle for him being the next Musa Smith.

(And, by the way, if you haven’t yet watched the trailer for the upcoming ESPNU “Storied” documentary on Herschel, check it out. As a friend said, it’ll give you chill bumps.)

Thomas Vaiden writes: Do you know what number Isaiah Crowell will be wearing this season? Thanks. !GO DAWGS!

After the G-Day game, Richt said Crowell will wear No. 1, the same jersey number worn by cornerback (and occasional offensive player) Branden Smith. “We’ve just got to make sure they’re not in the game at the same time,” Richt said.

Garrett Kee writes: Hey Bill, this is Garrett Kee from Columbus, Ga., hope you’re doing well. I just wanted to get your thoughts on the new Nike Pro-Combat uniforms Georgia will be wearing against Boise in the opener. I have seen these combat unis on Florida, Oregon, LSU, Virginia Tech, etc. and have to admit I’m a little worried. They seem to change the uniforms with “radical” color schemes and crazy helmets (look at LSU and Boise). Are you worried that our good ole traditional red jerseys, red helmets and silver britches are going to be altered much? I know I am tired of these uniform “outfits” we have sported the last couple of years and just want to see hard-nosed football being played without worrying how good we look. Yet, I know that we have a pretty big contract with Nike and are almost obliged to do this sooner or later. Go Dawgs!

Garrett, I haven’t been a big fan of Nike’s special uniforms up to now, but I thought the ones they trotted out during bowl season were a slight improvement. I’ve no idea how drastic a reworking it will be, though again we’ve got lots of supposedly insider reports circulating. Take your pick: I’ve heard the helmets will be red. Or silver. Or white with a red stripe. The one thing we do know is that the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game folks say Georgia will be wearing red jerseys and Boise State will be wearing blue. There’s a lot of speculation Georgia might wear red britches as well, but that’s all it is — speculation. Still, it’s only for one game and both teams will be wearing the Pro Combats and the players are excited, so I don’t see any real harm in it. If anything, the uniforms contribute to the feeling of this being a special game.

By the way, Patrick Garbin’s always interesting historical blog has a nice overview of Georgia’s football uniforms.

Ron Sweat writes: DOES ANYONE THINK THAT RECRUITING AT UGA IS HANDLED OR DIRECTED LIKE IT SHOULD? Bill, how do we handle recruiting at UGA? Do we call all the recruits for the next 4 years every day or once a week or month and does an assistant make the call or a coach or [recruiting coordinator Rodney] Garner?

Ron, I gather you aren’t entirely satisfied with the way recruiting is being handled at UGA. Let me say up front, I’m not a recruitnik and don’t follow it that closely until we get closer to signing day. I will admit I was disappointed by some recruiting trends in recent years in Athens (such as the now abandoned reliance on fast but short cornerbacks), but I find it difficult to condemn a recruiting program that could produce this year’s Dream Team.

Anyway, I put your question to our recruiting blogger, Michael Carvell, and here’s what he said: “If they are asking about the quality of UGA’s recruiting efforts, you can only base on it on the finished efforts of last year, which was the ‘Dream Team.’ We’re still a long way from National Signing Day 2012. As far as how recruiting is handled, I’m sure the appropriate UGA coaches call during the NCAA contact periods.”

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322 comments Add your comment

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 30th, 2011
10:41 am

SSIgator

July 30th, 2011
10:42 am

“UGA doesn’t need Isaiah Crowell to be the next Herschel Walker”

Don’t worry. From the reports coming out of Athens he won’t even be close to being another HW.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 30th, 2011
10:46 am

IC only needs to worry about being the best player he can possibly be. That is the only thing he can control. He will never be HW,KM or Musa. He will not be Lattimore or Dyer. The young man just needs to work hard and make plays and the rest will sort itself out.

Destin Dawg

July 30th, 2011
10:51 am

Ken Boo Malcome will suprise and Samuel will be a power back….. Crowell will be fine… but of we’ve got 3 plus Thomas for a change of pace… No pressure on any one but there will be competition… Go Dawgs !!!

slydog

July 30th, 2011
10:52 am

No, they don’t need him to be the next Herschel. A Michael Dyer type of impact is more preferable. That way he has time to grow into a leading role as the season rolls on, just like Dyer did with Cam last year. But they do NEED Herschel as a RB Coach and recruiter. I’m willing to bet he would be more valuable in those two roles than any current member of the staff.

Frank Lane

July 30th, 2011
10:54 am

Bill,

You are absolutely right about the 24/7 info flow. It is hurting a lot of businesses including sports. The news as you well know can hardly cover a unfolding event around the world before citizen journalists have sent photos and videos to relatives, etc. e.g. the middle east wars. to much info too fast. And all of it unverified.

Frank Lane

July 30th, 2011
10:55 am

Hershel as a recruiter and coach is a spectacular idea.

RabidDawgFan

July 30th, 2011
10:55 am

Stop hating. We’ll see what happens on September 3rd. Go Dawgs!

Still@theBAR

July 30th, 2011
11:00 am

Crowell has a lot riding on him. I am not sure how he will handle the pressure. He does seem to have a Cam Newton type of ego.

maconbulldog

July 30th, 2011
11:04 am

Look guys I.C will be fine. His teammates are making sure he is going in the right direction…so he does not become the next CK. GoDawgs

lover not a hater

July 30th, 2011
11:04 am

and do you have ANY premise on your assumption of IC’s attitude still@????

Thought so.

Still@theBAR

July 30th, 2011
11:05 am

Frank
I think it is HersChel. I would think a UGA fan would spell your greatest players name correctly. Herschel makes too much money to take a coaching job.

Georgia Pecan Pie

July 30th, 2011
11:07 am

I do wonder from time to time,

That if Georgia Tech spent less time “loving to hate” UGA, and obsessing about all things and news coming out of Athens, and invest that energy in supporting their program……

If they would be able to fill their High School stadium and perhaps get out of the ESPN3.com streaming coverage.

Keep hating, nerds. It makes it sweeter and sweeter every Thanksgiving watching you whine and cry.

9-1
GO DAWGS!!!

Augustadawg

July 30th, 2011
11:07 am

Timely play calling will be the most important thing. I am sure IC can run and break tackles (he’ll need to if we lose more lineman) but Bobo’s play calling will be crucial. Does Bobo travel to other schools and observe other offensive schemes like other coaches do? Also, take a gamble from time to time. Weapons are there, how’s he going to use them?

Still@theBAR

July 30th, 2011
11:07 am

lover not a hater
Yes, some of his former High School teammates have posted as much on Facebook. IC’s new UGA teammates had to sit him down and get in his ear already.

Destin Dawg

July 30th, 2011
11:09 am

these Techies get on here because they don’t have a LIFE !!!

lover not a hater

July 30th, 2011
11:12 am

So Still@,

you stalk 18 year olds on facebook???

That’s really, really creepy dude.

Weird how there was an article on the ajc.com just yesterday about how IC’s former teammates rave over him?? http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011/07/29/carver-columbus-dt-raves-about-former-teammate-isaiah-crowell/

Get over it man. Just because your school didn’t land him, doesn’t make him a bust.

Augustadawg

July 30th, 2011
11:14 am

Anyone see the Seinfeld where George did everything the complete opposite and he turned his life around? Maybe if bobo goes against every single urge he has in play calling and runs the exact opposite maybe we can see better results

tOSU Fan

July 30th, 2011
11:14 am

Why not let the kid take the field first before tagging him with any label. HW was a one year wonder then a bust. Don’t even put him in that group. But you UGA fans think HW was a god but all he was is a guy who ran the ball and that’s it. Failed in everything else.

Cmon man

July 30th, 2011
11:17 am

@still@the bar how does I.C have a “cam newton typo ego” when you havent heard anything from him? The last interview I.C did he said he wanted to rush for 1000yds this season that doesnt sound like an “ego” it sounds like a goal. I challenge anybody on the site to find direct quotes from I.C not opinions from ajc writers or folks who claim to have inside info thats leads you to believe he has an ego!

Ohio state all the way

July 30th, 2011
11:21 am

HW is a bum. Compare him the Griffin or Wells then you have a great player.

Augustadawg

July 30th, 2011
11:23 am

IC is just a kid. Give him a break. He has to mature. I am certain most freshman go through similar experiences. You just don’t hear about them because they are at irrelevant schools like tech. I’m sure that if he isn’t in line coach t will get him in shape. Not to mention there are leaders on the team that won’t let his head swell. Also if he doesn’t work hard he won’t see the field except to hand boo a water bottle. IC will be fine

Augustadawg

July 30th, 2011
11:25 am

Wells? Really? Wells? Griffin was a good back, not in the company of HW but solid. Beanie? Ha!

Bulldawg

July 30th, 2011
11:27 am

tOSU fan,

I don’t know what Herschel Walker you watched, but the one I watched was NOT a one year wonder and then a bust. The guy dominated people for all three seasons he was at Georgia.

Burma Shave

July 30th, 2011
11:30 am

UGA is for losers
On that we all agree
Their athletes have brains
The size of a pea

BURMA SHAVE

Tennessee Dawg

July 30th, 2011
11:31 am

Yeah. Herschel was a bum. Not even good enough to play high school ball in Ohio. Hey, I saw Tressell calling plays for loose change on the side of the road yesterday. How’d that work out for you retards in Ohio?

Destin Dawg

July 30th, 2011
11:33 am

these Techies Need to get A LIFE !!

wag

July 30th, 2011
11:34 am

I watched I.C all through highschool and he is a stud. I’m not worried about his attitude or work ethic, I’M worried about his health. He got hurt sometimes, but this ain’t tennis.

Augustadawg

July 30th, 2011
11:35 am

Indiana,purdue, Minnesota, northwestern, illinois, Michigan, Michigan state….I wonder what backs tremble at those defenses? Beanie? Any sec back could break 2,000 yards up there. Look at all the backs in sec…loaded

Georgia Pecan Pie

July 30th, 2011
11:35 am

“Still@thebar” is simply a troll.

He has been on these blogs for years trying to rip anything UGA and spread rumors like the one he is attempting to right now with the supposed “attitude” of Crowell.

The best thing would be to ignore him, though that will unfortunately never happen with the level of immaturity that runs rampant on these blogs.

My best advice for people is to NEVER read the comments, and if you want to associate with and discuss UGA football with other true Dawgs fans, go to other sites/blogs where it is more possible.

Dawg Tell

July 30th, 2011
12:03 pm

There will Never,Never,Never be another Herschel Walker.At least in my life time.IC just needs to be a team player and learn everything he can.Be like AM and spend time in the film room.From what I”m hearing; he did not relize the level of everyday effort needed to be in the SEC.Big adjustment for a high school star. Also all the other players around him that are not totally impressed by his past history on the field. He will have to show it on the field over the next four weeks.He will have to earn their RESPECT.

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2011
12:04 pm

Crowell needs to ensure he learns his blocking assignments and doesn’t turn the ball over. If he can do those 2 things his freshman year then he’ll do just fine.

jrmdvm1

July 30th, 2011
12:06 pm

DAWGS forever

July 30th, 2011
12:21 pm

IC can’t become the next King or Ealy for sure. Go DAWGS!

Ohio state all the way

July 30th, 2011
12:43 pm

No SEC back could survive a year in the Big Ten. They would cry all e way back home about being hit so hard.

Hairy Perry

July 30th, 2011
12:47 pm

It’s so funny to me how these people like SSI Gator and many of the others are always on a UGA blog. Look for Hairy Perry on a Tech blog, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, or whatever. The point I’m making here is I have no interest in what these teams fans are saying. It’s so stupid that these guys are on here day after day telling us how bad Georgia stinks and how meaningless are program is, yet they devote hours of there time talking about UGA football. Gator fans have enjoyed kicking our tales for 20 years and still they envy that big HAIRY DAWG! Oh yea and we still own the series.

Hairy Perry

July 30th, 2011
12:50 pm

Oh enjoy the “typo” should be ‘kicking our tails”

Let us be serious here and just take a look

July 30th, 2011
12:54 pm

A UGA backfield with Boo Malcom, Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas and his cousin Hartley? and yes, Crowell, will be a huge on paper improvement vs that lazy Caleb King and that loser Easy Does it. These last two could only be counted on for causing PROBLEMS that affected the entire team. BOTH GONE NOW. Cancer free UGA is for now.

So, if these first four running backs come in and practice hard, mature and produce on game day, UGA is better off. Neither Caleb nor Washed Up could pull their leg away on a tackle. NEVER. They were small but slow.

Go Dogs.

Hairy Perry

July 30th, 2011
12:56 pm

Ohio Stae All the Way,
No SEC fan gives enough thought to Ohio State or your WANNA BE SEC conference to hang out on your blog either. This blog is for the BOYS FROM THE SOUTH!

Hairy Perry

July 30th, 2011
12:59 pm

Crowell shows the ability to keep churning after contact. King and Ealey did not. The diifference is going to be the size and strength of the contact that Crowell will have to break.

Hairy Perry

July 30th, 2011
1:00 pm

See Ya ! Dawgs!

delta_airdog

July 30th, 2011
1:00 pm

The UGA silver britches have not been silver in years–more like an Ole Miss gray or Ohio State gray—LSU & Tenn have shinney yellow and gold nike pants—so way cant UGA have the shinney Silver Britches as in the past–Jerry W

AdMan

July 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

SSIgator…what the hell do you know about reports coming out of Athens….I got to throw the BS flag on you…Crowell is doing just fine….better than anyone the lizards have……you need to worry more about your team this year than Georgias. I hear that Weis and Muschamp argue all the time…wheather you want to admit it or not the gators won’t be worth a damn this year. Can’t wait til the game in Jacksonville…..gators lose by at least14 to the Dawgs….write it down!

Effie's of Athens Boarding House

July 30th, 2011
1:13 pm

`
Herchel Walker was a real good running back who would RUN you over.
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maconbulldog

July 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

OOhio State. Good luck in beating any team in the SEC

SSIgator

July 30th, 2011
1:18 pm

AdMan -

Stuff the BS flag. I used to live there.

Effie's of Athens Boarding House

July 30th, 2011
1:18 pm

By the way,
having those big tight ends in the backfield may help UGA partake in a little RUN over.

Still@theBAR

July 30th, 2011
1:30 pm

AdMan
Predicting UGA beating anybody is a bit of a stretch right now don’t you think? The Gators had a better year last year than the Dawgs.
Bobo is still calling the plays for the Dawgs and that ain’t scaring anybody.

Dizzy Dawg

July 30th, 2011
1:37 pm

FURRRRST!!!!

OUCH, RIPPED MY NUT SACK. MY BAD.

slydog

July 30th, 2011
1:37 pm

It took OSU to barely beat Arkansas,of all teams, to finally claim any type of victory against an SEC team. Alabama, 4th in the SEC West, smacked your co-champion in the mouth. Pay no attention to these Big Ten trolls. All of us will have to try out and walk on at Ohio St. a year from now in order for them to even go two deep….lol Herschel has been quoted as saying he would help the team in any capacity if asked. For CMR, the time is now.