Crowell’s story all too familiar for UGA fans (UPDATED)

Isaiah Crowell's time in Athens was troubled from the start. (Associated Press)

Isaiah Crowell's time in Athens was troubled from the start. (Associated Press)

Seems like we’ve been here before.

Another Georgia tailback’s career derailed — probably ended — by his own actions. This time it’s Isaiah Crowell, arrested early Friday morning on three weapons charges.

For Crowell, his immediate suspension from the Georgia Bulldogs is the least of his troubles. Two of those charges are felonies.

Update: Crowell has been dismissed from the team according to an announcement Friday afternoon by Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt. “We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season,” Richt said. “Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort.” That was the coach’s only comment.

The 19-year-old from Columbus came to Athens as one of the most heralded recruits signed by the Bulldogs since you know who, but almost from the start the vibes were bad.

Word leaked out last summer that Crowell wasn’t in good shape and had skipped some workouts. Members of the team felt the need to pay him a visit and tell him he needed to get it in gear.

Once the season started, we saw that Crowell was every bit as talented as had been billed, but fans couldn’t help but notice that he wasn’t exactly the hardest working kid on the field, frequently taking himself out of the lineup.

He hit his stride midseason, carrying the ball 30 times against Ole Miss for 147 yards, one of four 100-yard rushing games he had for the Bulldogs.

Then Crowell sat out the first quarter of the Vandy game for an unspecified rules violation and was suspended for the entire New Mexico State game along with some other teammates who reportedly failed a drug test.

Struggling with an ankle injury, Crowell was never the same after that, running only 15 times for 31 yards in the Dogs’ last four games, and he wound up being booed by fans at the Georgia Dome when he limped off the field during the SEC championship game.

Still, the 850 yards and five touchdowns he did manage were good enough for him to be named SEC freshman of the year, and the happy talk in the offseason was that he was a rededicated and more mature player He wound up the spring sharing the No. 1 tailback spot with Boo Malcome.

But apparently even the more mature Isaiah Crowell still figured rules didn’t apply to him, and so we get this sorry story of him being arrested for having a 9mm Luger with an altered ID number hidden under the seat of the car he was driving when stopped by a police roadblock in Athens. Sheer stupidity.

So, where does that leave the Dawgs at tailback? Pretty much where they were a year ago, with a relatively unheralded veteran likely to be the starter and a super-talented, highly recruited true freshman — this time Keith Marshall — in the wings.

Actually, Georgia is better off this time around, because Marshall started school early and has already been through spring drills and shown himself to be a hard worker. Plus, there’s another super-talented, highly recruited freshman joining the team in August: Todd Gurley.

Bottom line: Isaiah Crowell had the talent to be one of the best running backs in the nation, but never showed the desire and dedication to make that happen. While fans were hoping that competition from Malcome, Marshall and Gurley would spur him to live up to his potential, chances are the rising sophomore’s obvious strong sense of entitlement would have tripped him up in the end.

The Dawgs likely will be better off without him.

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391 comments Add your comment

NC Dawg

June 29th, 2012
11:06 am

First! And so much for the worry of having too MANY tailbacks.

Two Riders Were Approaching

June 29th, 2012
11:06 am

same old dawgs…..i figure three more arrests and two failed drug tests to go…

jablonski

June 29th, 2012
11:06 am

BobDawg

June 29th, 2012
11:06 am

Glad we weeded him out, Bill. Remember Sylvester Boler, MLB getting busted for firing a gun at the Jock Dorm in the 70’s???

jablonski

June 29th, 2012
11:07 am

He has to go…no way he stays. Adams will make it so and remove the pressure from Richt. What an unbelievable waste of talent.

BobDawg

June 29th, 2012
11:11 am

Nothing good happens in The Classic City after 12 AM… He was asking for it at 3:37 am with roadblocks set up and very common late night, early am….

Bulldog Ben

June 29th, 2012
11:13 am

Ealey, King and now Crowell. Like mama always said, you play with fire and you end up getting burned. Richt has got to stop looking just at how many stars a recruit has and start paying more attention to character. This has got to end.

JaxDawg05

June 29th, 2012
11:14 am

Message to high school RB recruits, UGA depth chart at RB position is fluid at best.

Joe Schmoe

June 29th, 2012
11:15 am

What a complete and total moron.

RxDawg

June 29th, 2012
11:15 am

Well… We are a little better off at RB now then this time last year. But this hurt a lot more then folks will realize. A healthy, nonretarted Crowell was really key to this season.

outkasted

June 29th, 2012
11:16 am

too bad crowell but life goes on… next in line time to step up!!!

Sam

June 29th, 2012
11:16 am

I don’t begrudge him for wanting to protect himself, but you gotta be smart enough to do it legally…wait until you’re 21, get a permit, and don’t get a weapon with an altered ID. Plus, how dumb do you have to be to carry that weapon in a car that smells of marijuana…UGA will carry on without him. Sad story, he could have changed his family tree if he’d been smart enough to apply the talent he had.

Holy Guacamole

June 29th, 2012
11:17 am

All talent, no brains.

I suppose that this will help with Henry but it’s not the way I would like to attract him. Guess that we have an additional opening for this year’s class.

Sure hate to see Crowell end up at LSU like Mett.

SCDAWG

June 29th, 2012
11:17 am

what a dumb—!!!!! it is time to to send him packing. once a thug always a thug. 9mm handgun-are you kidding me? such a waste of talent.

SSIgator

June 29th, 2012
11:17 am

Last year:

Tavarres King said, “I’m not shocked. We’re still Georgia, and I think everybody knows that smoking a little dope is no big deal.”

This year:

Mark Richt said of the arrest, “I’m not shocked. We’re still Georgia, and I think everybody knows that this is the Georgia way.”

OkieDawg

June 29th, 2012
11:18 am

Goodbye Mr. Crowell…Don’t let the door hitcha where the good Lord spiltcha.

Holy Guacamole

June 29th, 2012
11:19 am

Where was Crowell’s babysitter?

78Dawg

June 29th, 2012
11:20 am

Glad to see this thug go…I predicted this a year ago…Good riddance….We’re better off. He’ll be spending many years in jail with his attitude

Tom

June 29th, 2012
11:21 am

Seen recently….

“Yes, everything happens for a reason…..but sometimes the reason is that you’re stupid and make bad decisions.”

Silverdogg

June 29th, 2012
11:22 am

This is not Richt’s fault for recruiting and signing Crowell. Every coach in the nation wanted Crowell. If anything the other players on the team should be looking after each other.

Valdostadawg

June 29th, 2012
11:24 am

Bill, you are right about suspension being his most important worry. Those are serious charges and hopefully this is a wake up call for him. At some point he has to grow up. We don’t need any distractions like this. SEC football is tough enough w/out ‘off field’ distractions.

Jacket Man

June 29th, 2012
11:24 am

Does anything ever happen at Athens Jr. College without Bulldog fans saying “we are better off with out him?” HA HA HA How bout those loser dogs?

Malinda

June 29th, 2012
11:25 am

What in the world was he doing driving the streets of Athens at that time of the night??? Yea…he needs to go…

sc dawg

June 29th, 2012
11:26 am

what if it turns out that he knew nothing about the weapon and was just wrong place at wrong time? Could it just be bad luck? Could it be something that will get his attention?

JTH

June 29th, 2012
11:27 am

“The Dawgs likely will be better off without him.”

Spot on Bill.

Nailhead

June 29th, 2012
11:27 am

I would assume (as much as I hate to) that if their was mairjuana smell in the car, there will also be a forthcoming pee test? Can’t wait for the results of that. Watch out LSU, here he comes!

Old Dawg

June 29th, 2012
11:28 am

What a freaking idiot! What a freaking waste of talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark in ATL

June 29th, 2012
11:29 am

One correction….he was not SEC Freshman of the year…Clowney was…
he was on the SEC all freshman team.

http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/229975/2011-sec-football-all-freshman-team-announced.aspx

Pin Worm

June 29th, 2012
11:31 am

Really hate it for this kid. Not making excuses for him – but a lot of these kids grow up in circumstances that they feel the rules only apply when they get caught. This kid, by all accounts is very likable, at times very quiet – but obviously needs constant oversight to get him on the correct path.

Football is the least of his issues at this point – I hope and pray he will find a better way and get back on the proper way to live a life …. then hipefully their is time for him to develop his talent if that what he wants to do.

AugustaDawg

June 29th, 2012
11:31 am

I hate to see this. Keith Marshall’s tweet says it all. We should pray for him. It’s not a UGA thing or a Richt thing but a IC thing. He made a poor choice and hopefully get his life together. His life is more important than football. Glad we have Keith, Todd and Boo.

James

June 29th, 2012
11:32 am

Two Riders Were Approaching – I agree

GlenRiceJr.

June 29th, 2012
11:33 am

Spurrier will have a field day with this.

SSIgator

June 29th, 2012
11:33 am

March 2011 -

“The vast majority of UGA fans appear to feel it was definitely worth Richt crossing the line (NCAA violation) in order to land a must-have recruit like Crowell.

AugustaDawg

June 29th, 2012
11:33 am

Jasper Sanks type of wasted talent… I believe there was a story on here that questioned if he would bust like sanks… looks like it was a yes.

Ron Mexico

June 29th, 2012
11:35 am

Maybe he can transfer to Arkansas State with Dyer

Blake

June 29th, 2012
11:36 am

I think he should be cut, but for all you believers in second, third, and even fourth chances…. give him a drug test immediately ( which he won’t pass) and if he passes it he can sit out the entire season without a redshirt and come back next season and work his way up from the scout team while paying his own way through college. That is “if” he can beat the felony charges.

Woodstock Dawg

June 29th, 2012
11:36 am

When are we going to wake up and realize the problem. These trouble makers are guys who would have never been accepted had they been an at large student. I’ll bet thier transcripts will back me up on every dismissal Georgia has had.

Red Shirt every FR in the NCAA no exceptions.

You show us you can cut the grades and stay out of trouble, then you can play ball.

I put Vandy up as the the example for everyone. Student first, Athlete second.

Go Dores!!!

Drew

June 29th, 2012
11:36 am

Here’s the thing: I can understand and accept when student athletes get in trouble for the same exact things normal college kids get in trouble for. It’s natural to want to go to a party/bar and drink in college. Sometimes these temptations result in a kid getting in trouble (missed curfew, DUI, underage posession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace — whatever). It’s bad for the team and demonstrates poor judgement, but at the same time I don’t find it shocking that a 17-22 year old male would want to spend his college years having some fun, and in the process might make some bad decisions. Temptation and bad decisions don’t end with college. I wasn’t shocked when Damon Evans was pulled over with a pretty lady at 3 AM, or when Bobby Petrino got caught with a 25 year old coed. Not saying I agree with these people’s decision making, but I see what tempted them. But can someone please explain to me what benefit comes from carrying a gun around? I can’t remember a single time in my life where I’ve had to talk myself out of carrying a gun around.

claytondawg

June 29th, 2012
11:36 am

When will Richt AND our society stop pandering to the THUG mentality? He’s not only a waste of talent, but a waste of a human being. No, I’m NOT a nice guy.

Brewmaster

June 29th, 2012
11:37 am

JacketMan, maybe Crowell wouldn’t have been arrested if he was a Jacket, as he he would have been justified in having the weapon in Mugtown.By the way,no one cares about your 2 BMWs and 2 beach houses. We will still destroy your pathetic team of ” future millionaires.”

Desert Fox

June 29th, 2012
11:37 am

Another hole in the proverbial dike and the slightest chance of UGA’s shot at a NC takes another fatal hit. The dawgs are their own worst enemy. IC like a lot of youngsters is eat up w/the young dumb s__t. When he turns 63 he’ll realize how stupid he was.

AugustaDawg

June 29th, 2012
11:38 am

Mark, according the the AP poll, Crowell was the SEC freshman of the year despite limited playing time….
http://www.ajc.com/sports/uga/ugas-crowell-named-sec-1251839.html

Kevin

June 29th, 2012
11:39 am

Good riddance, Isaiah Vick!

Yellow JACKETS

June 29th, 2012
11:40 am

Destroy? I doubt that Brewmaster. Can’t wait to prove you wrong in Athens this year.

KappaDawg

June 29th, 2012
11:41 am

People…sometimes it’s the company that you keep. Was this HIS car or a family member or close friend’s car? Was he aware that the gun was there? Was he aware that the serial number was altered. Don’t think that I am taking up for the kid because he should know what he’s getting into but I for one have been in a situation I didn’t create and paid a price for it. Let’s look at the big picture here.

george

June 29th, 2012
11:42 am

augusta dawg- Really? How can you say this is not a uga thing? FACT is this is an ongoing pattern dating back many many years. The problem is getting worse not better. Not only are the arrests growing in #s but they are also becoming more high profile in terms of the players involved and the crimes they are accused of. Their is a culture in Athens that MUST be significantly changed before this team or this program can go anywhere.

Josh Smith for 3

June 29th, 2012
11:42 am

There’s really only so much you can do to steer somebody in the right direction. During his commitment press conference, I couldn’t help thinking he sounded dumber than a bag of hammers. Apparently it was wishful thinking on our part, and on the part of UGA coaches and players, to think he could apply any discipline and improve himself.

Dawg 88

June 29th, 2012
11:42 am

Come on Bill, you aren’t blaming this on Bobo?

claytondawg

June 29th, 2012
11:42 am

@ Blake…There should be NO OTHER CHANCES, including an additional drug test, meeting with coaches, meeting with McGarity, or any other university officials. Crowell is a cancer and energy vampire (term used by many on the blogs)..

supsalemgr

June 29th, 2012
11:43 am

Who is vetting our recruits, Jackie Sherril?