UPDATE: UGA TB Isaiah Crowell ‘day-to-day’ with groin injury

Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell stands next to coach Bryan McClendon as he sits out "The Chute" drill due to a gimpy left leg. (Photo provided by Guy Prokay/dawgtime.com)

Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell stands next to coach Bryan McClendon as he sits out "The Chute" drill due to a gimpy left leg. (Photo provided by Guy Prokay/dawgtime.com)

***UPDATED***

ATHENS — Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell is battling a groin injury that severely limited his participation in Friday’s practice, the Bulldogs’ 10th of preseason camp.

However, both Crowell and UGA head coach Mark Richt insist that the injury is not serious and should not significantly hamper Crowell’s preparation for the No. 22-ranked Bulldogs’ season opener against No. 7 Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in three weeks.

“It’s not really that serious,” said Crowell, speaking to reporters Friday for the first time since arriving at UGA. “It was just weak or whatever, but it’s not serious.”

Crowell was not dressed in a green jersey, which signifies an injured player. However, he moved slowly and gingerly through the Bulldogs’ drill work early in practice and actually stood to the side for several of them. Occasionally he would limp noticeably and his left thigh was heavily wrapped in an ace bandage underneath his pants. See THIS VIDEO posted by our friends at DawgTime.com,

“It’s a groin that’s bothering him,” Richt said. “We don’t think there was a pull. But if you get enough practices in a row and going live and all that stuff, sometimes you wake up in the morning and you just can’t go full speed. So that’s what happened with him. We shut him down today. It’ll be day-by-day. We’ll see how he feels.”

Given the Bulldogs’ precarious situation at tailback, any injury at that position could be perceived as cause for alarm. Redshirt freshman Ken “Boo” Malcome, who was already hampered with a groin injury, did not attend Friday’s practice because “he’s not feeling too good,” Richt said. Richt was not specific other than to say it was “not a concussion.”

Meanwhile, former walkon tailback Brandon Harton — he was just awarded a scholarship Thursday night — just returned from a real concussion and remained in green on Friday. That left the Bulldogs with recently-converted tailback Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas, who is suspended for the opening game.

For what it’s worth, Thomas had “a really nice day of competition” and Samuel had the run of the day in Friday’s full-contact workout.

“It was the first play of [teamwork] and he ran over a cornerback and kept on trucking for about another 30 yards or so,” Richt said. “That was a big run for him.”

Later it was learned that Samuel suffered a strained quad during the practice and he, too, is listed as “day-to-day.”

Meanwhile, the buzz of the day Friday was it was the first opportunity for reporters to interview Crowell since he’s been on UGA’s campus. As was consistent of his personality throughout recruiting, Crowell was a man of few words but also of quiet confidence. He actually addressed the fact that he’s not one ramble on with his answers.

“I don’t like speaking but I know I have to,” he said while sitting on a stool in a scrum of reporters and TV cameras.

Some of the “highlights” from Crowell’s 15-minutes session with the media:

  • On the thrust of attention: “I think I’ve handled it well. I don’t let it get to me. I try to keep a level head. That’s what I do.”
  • On his goals for the season: “I just want to get out on the field and help my team win. That’s the main thing for me.”
  • His favorite moment so far: “Being out there practicing and the scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.”
  • Not really. I just want to do whatever God wants me to do. I don’t really look at it like that (referencing question about Latt and Dyer).
  • Biggest adjustment: “Really the hardest thing for me has been like time management and waking up early. I’m not a morning person and that has been the hardest thing for me. Physically it hasn’t been that hard for me. I feel like I fit right in.”
  • Does he feel weight of expections: “No sir. I don’t really think about it a lot. My coach is always telling me I’m not the savior. I’m just coming out here and working hard and trying to help my team.”
  • On influence of strength coach Thomas Brown: “He’s helped me work out and has kept me motivated with the different things we’re doing and he’s helped me learn the ins and out of Athens.”
  • On advice he got from Herschel Walker: “He was telling me to keep a level head and work hard and help my team work hard and do whatever I could to help my team.”
  • On notoriety around campus: “I get recognized a little. I try to not stay out too much because I know people might know who I am. That’s the main thing. I try to stay [cordoned] off.”
  • On who has delivered the biggest hit on him. “No one has really hit me that hard. Not yet I don’t think.”
  • Whether he can have similar impact as Marcus Lattimore last year: “I think I can. I think Lattimore had a great season last year. He helped his team a lot. I think I can do the same.”
  • On being heavily counted on: “I expected to play and everybody to look up to me. I knew I had to be a leader and work hard for everybody to follow me. I expected that.”
  • On the grind of preseason camp: “It’s a lot of work and it’s tiring and it’s hard. But I love football and I’ve been doing this all my life, so it’s fun to me.”
  • How much of playbook he’s mastered: “Like 90 percent. I know most of what I’m doing. I’ve just got to learn a few more things in there and I’ll be set.”
  • On rumors he showed up out of shape with bad attitude: “I heard all that but there’s wasn’t nothing to it. People are going to say what they want to say.”

359 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

August 12th, 2011
10:11 am

Whether it’s good news or bad, I always look forward to your UGA updates, Chip. .. Go Dawgs!

honest_abe

August 12th, 2011
10:15 am

hopefully it’s minor like cmr says.

BMDPD

August 12th, 2011
10:15 am

macrotech

August 12th, 2011
10:15 am

Just a hammy…no worries (For ya’ll, anyway!)

JAWJeRDAWG

August 12th, 2011
10:16 am

And, hopefully it’s nothing long-term disabling. He needs to practice, and we need him healty now and for the season.

DawginLex

August 12th, 2011
10:16 am

Left thigh wrapped probably means he strained a quad or has a deep thigh bruise.

At least it is not a season ending injury like Davis the RB for Arkansas. Gotta feel bad for that kid. He was a player

UGADawg83

August 12th, 2011
10:17 am

Ten thousand know it alls just pushed the panic button.

BluTurf

August 12th, 2011
10:17 am

Broncos will probably hurt Crowel even if he’s not already!

Kellen Moore 4 Heisman!

MS. Bully

August 12th, 2011
10:18 am

Please don’t start with the excuses already.

DawginLex

August 12th, 2011
10:19 am

Hey Bluturf

Wanna bet that your QB doesn’t finish the game against UGA?

Crowell Star

August 12th, 2011
10:21 am

No big deal—it’s minor. He’ll be ready to run all over boise st.’s weak D in a few weeks.

JB

August 12th, 2011
10:21 am

Want to see the eyes of the Boise D when Figgins at 275 leading Samuels at 240 into the hole. yes, he can be tackled, but he’ll deliver a few. BluTurf, we’ll see. We ain’t North Nevada State.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 12th, 2011
10:23 am

Go ask A-Man what its like to get hit by the Dawgs defense. He took himself out an dwanted no part of getting back in that game. I would expect “Moore” of the same.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 12th, 2011
10:23 am

“Z-Man” rather

1eyedJack

August 12th, 2011
10:24 am

North Nevada State….didn’t they lose to those guys last year? ;)

chilidawg

August 12th, 2011
10:25 am

U

August 12th, 2011
10:26 am

Don’t see any video on Dawgtime for 8/12

MO DAWG

August 12th, 2011
10:28 am

Isaiah will be ready. Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!

Football Insider

August 12th, 2011
10:28 am

If you dawg fans thought that Crowell was going to make it through an SEC season behind a suspect thin OLine ALL season without missing some game(s) you’re all nuts. Lattimore didn’t even make it through a whole season unscathed.

This is where losing Ealy and King hurts, no matter their attitude or whatever else, they could still tote the rock. Now Boo Malcome is hurt (SURPRISE!) and Richard “Rock Dropper” Samuel are the only things backing up an injured Crowell. It IS going to happen. Crowell is going to miss time this year. It happens to most every freshman RB, especially behind patchwork Olinemen, not to mention in the undoubtedly toughest conference to play in defensively. Monsters on SEC defenses.

Just prepare yourselves is all I am saying. You don’t lose your top rushing RB’s in the same offseason and come unscathed on the legs of a freshman. Not even USCe could rely on Lattimore for that last year.

Joey

August 12th, 2011
10:29 am

What’s up with all the hammy problems. Not an insinuation, just a question, but aren’t hammy pulls or strains usually a sign of lack of running (conditioning)? Or did I just dream I once read that?

OkieDawg

August 12th, 2011
10:30 am

Hope Crowell will be ready to go against Boise. But if not, we have Samuel and I’m not sure there are a lot of guys looking forward to tackling a tailback that is 6-2, 245lbs. and running at a 4.5 40 pace. That is a lot of force. Sound the air horn when Samuel gets the carry. No panic here. The panic should be on the other sideline.

Shaun

August 12th, 2011
10:30 am

Ha! Yeah, that defense looks real scary! I can hear UCF laughing their @$$e$ off right now!

DawginLex

August 12th, 2011
10:32 am

Coach Richt hasn’t commented
He is not in a green jersey
His thigh is wrapped
Your hamstring runs down the back of your leg, not the front
If his calf was wrapped, maybe its a hamstring

Sounds minor to me but we all need to wait and see

DawginLex

August 12th, 2011
10:33 am

shaun

you do know UCF scored 10 points and had 200 total yards right?

Our defense actually played very well that day.

RedandBlackDAWG

August 12th, 2011
10:35 am

The kid will be OK. Minor injuries are common for new guys, when they first start practicing. He is being asked to do an awful lot for such a young man, and he probably over did it a bit. He will be up and running for the Smurf team game, and although I am not sure he will get 30 carries in the game, he will be coached to let the Smurf teams defense over pursue and then take off with the football. If Figgins or samuels is in front of him, the field will be littered with these little blue swatches of smurf.

lpayne21

August 12th, 2011
10:35 am

i lold at the dawgtime video of “Coach Gardner” – he must be new on staff.

FYI – ugasports.com posts daily practice video in HD. Steve, Dash, Radi and the rest of the staff are lights out. Go DAWGS!!

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 12th, 2011
10:36 am

Better rub some dirt on it.

Summit Dawg

August 12th, 2011
10:36 am

Not going to matter much who’s healthy at running back, just as long as they can block so
BooBoo can call a pass play!!!!

Football Insider

August 12th, 2011
10:36 am

Guys, it’s hilarious that you guys think that a 245 pound back is something new. There is a reason UGA will be the only team in the SEC running a back that heavy as a half back. The day he breaks outside the pocket I will be sitting back laughing. How many 245 pound fullbacks do you see going outside?

But, don’t mind me, all is well in Polly Anna land right?

JB

August 12th, 2011
10:37 am

This 245 pound back has 4.5 speed. I can’t wait either

RevThomas

August 12th, 2011
10:38 am

Enjoy your updates every day! Go Dawgs!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3MHtftW3r4

Big Mikey Dawg

August 12th, 2011
10:39 am

I really don’t understand what is going on with these atheletes today. I am reading a book about Mickey Mantle. This guy had the worst legs of any superstar in history, not to mention every day good players. But Mickey soldiered on for years. I don’t know if Coach Joe T. needs to have them do yoga or ballet exercises or what, but it is terrible how we keep getting all these injuries that are muscle pulls and strains.

JYD

August 12th, 2011
10:40 am

JB

August 12th, 2011
10:41 am

Football insider………..you appear to be an outsider rather than an insider by hiding behind your moniker name. pretty easy to take shots at UGA while you drool and hide behind your team………..And if it’s Tech…………I just thought WE had problems…..LOL

Gay Dawg

August 12th, 2011
10:43 am

I hate it for Crowell…he is a cutie!

RxDawg

August 12th, 2011
10:43 am

Well he’s going to get hurt. Sometime during this season it’s going to happen. Now how bad and to what extent, who knows? But it’d be a small miracle if he went through the season without any injuries.

reality

August 12th, 2011
10:44 am

I’m confused by all this chest thumping….these ARE the same bulldogs that got beat by the central Florida JV team, right?

Brandon Jacobs

August 12th, 2011
10:44 am

245 lb tailback?

Ha ha ha!

What a light weight!

anthony

August 12th, 2011
10:44 am

Looks like a deep thigh bruise….No big deal

bucket

August 12th, 2011
10:45 am

For the one millioneth time – the starting offensive line is not patchwork or whatever adjective you wish to use. All of those guys are players and will be fine. The problem is depth, which is much different. Depthwise UGA could potentially be in trouble on the Oline if there are injuries, but the starters are just fine and ready to do battle. As for BSU fans, I would think you guys have enough trouble in Blueland to worry about than coming on a UGA blog and worrying about our team. UGA had to deal with an AD problem just before the season began last year and I don’t remember that working out so well for us.

the lucky 14

August 12th, 2011
10:47 am

ya still lost Lex, and thats all that matters.Guess you could brag about your punter having a better average for the day than UCF’s punter. Ya still lost.

Due West Brave

August 12th, 2011
10:47 am

This is exactly why I agree with more college coaches closing practice, all practices – Spring Training, Summer Camp and Regular Fall practices, to all outside observers. Coaches can not stop practice for every injury or potential injury, they keep doing their job and let the training staff do theirs. After practice the Training Staff reports to the Coaching Staff and if any announcement is necessary they make it then. Until then there is no news that can be reported, it is all speculation and serves no real purpose.

BoiseBronco

August 12th, 2011
10:48 am

Richard Samuel has had one 100 yard rushing game in his career and that was only because he busted an 80 yard run. He was moved to another position because he was performing poorly. This is what we are supposed to be afraid of?

nasty dog

August 12th, 2011
10:49 am

blue turf go back to idaho where potatoes are the best thing that comes out of your stste.

blah

August 12th, 2011
10:50 am

seriously???? it is pre-season practice you guys at the ajc look for the smallest stuff to turn into a stupid story…..my god…..MICHAEL CARVER CAME INTO WORK TODAY WITH A BANDAID ON HIS RIGHT INDEX FINGER…..IT IS OUR HOPE THAT HE WILL BE WRITING AT 100% TODAY…

Geez…

Lyndsey

August 12th, 2011
10:50 am

Wow! another “GATA” from JYD. How inteligent and inspirational. You are a dork and a fool. Please go back to your blue collar tour dvd.

Football Insider

August 12th, 2011
10:50 am

JB…How is stating my thoughts “taking shots at UGA”. I am not taking shots. I am not a UGA fan nor a GT fan. I got no dawg (pun intended) in the fight. I am just a college football fan.

All I have said on this blog are 1). It’s unlikely Crowell goes an entire SEC schedule as a freshman unscathed without missing time and 2.) that a 245 tailback, which in any other situation or team with adequate depth, should be playing fullback. That’s pretty much a fact.

Not taking shots, just my observations and I don’t think they are far off. No other team in the entire SEC or ACC is depending on a 245 fullback/linebacker/runningback to possibly be their main lean to should their freshman go down (which he most likely will).

UGA Insider

August 12th, 2011
10:52 am

That’s football, now the next guy must step in and get going. However, if I were CMR I would be moving Nick Marshall to offense ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way, I told you that we would regret letting Ealey go at some point this season and I stand by that statement. Ealey and Crowell would have been a hell of a combo. For those Boo lovers out there… My understanding is that he has had this hamstring injury since last year and has lost a step. That’s why he was 4th string coming out of sping. I wouldn’t be surprised if he shut it down for 6 or 8 weeks.

moleman

August 12th, 2011
10:53 am

mailman just handed me the Sporting News college football pre-season issue. they are picking LSU #1, Bama#3, Arkansas #11, SoCar #16, Auburn #18, Miss St #20, and Georgia…not ranked, third in east.guess they aren’t as impressed with the “dream team” as you guys are. go dawgs!!

Charlie Hayes

August 12th, 2011
10:53 am

If his thigh was wrapped and by the way he doesnt bend in the video my guess would be that Crowell has a either a thigh bruise (from the scrimmage) or either a quad strain. Should be fine in three or four days….If it were an injury where he was on the verge of not playing in the B-State game then they would have green shirted him. No worries on this one for now…..GATA!