Georgia’s Columbus connections paying dividends for season opener

There is a very good chance recent Carver-Columbus grad Isaiah Crowell could end up starting on Saturday. (UGA photo by Steve Colquitt)

There is a very good chance recent Carver-Columbus grad Isaiah Crowell could end up starting on Saturday. (UGA photo by Steve Colquitt)

ATHENS – Georgia’s game against Boise State on Saturday will command attention from a lot of places, but none more than Columbus.

Five players from the southwest Georgia bordertown will represent the Bulldogs during Saturday’s game, four of them with Carver High connections. Three of those guys – tailback Isaiah Crowell, outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and tight end Bruce Figgins – could end up starting in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday the Georgia Dome.

Freshman defensive back Quintavious Harrow and walkon quarterback Greg Bingham are also from Columbus.

Needless to say, the Bulldogs are a hot topic this week at Carver.

“The whole school’s excited, not just that they’re playing well but because they’re that doing well,” Carver High principal Christopher Lindsey said. “Especially considering the difficult backgrounds some of them they came from. Jarvis, if you look at his background, his path to success is truly amazing. The way he acts, the way he carries himself, you would never know what he has had to overcome. We’ve really enjoyed watching them come into their own at Georgia.”

Figgins and Jones are definite starters as of Tuesday. Figgins, a fifth-year senior, heads into the game as the No. 1 fullback after playing his first four seasons at tight end. He’s a Shaw graduate but his father, Bruce Figgins Sr., works at Carver as a math teacher. Jones, a sophomore transfer from Southern Cal, will start at “Sam, or strongside outside linebacker, where he has shined in preseason camp.

Crowell, a freshman and the No. 1-rated high school running back prospect in America last year, is currently listed as the No. 2 tailback. But head coach Mark Richt admitted Tuesday that Crowell could end up getting the nod since No. 1 tailback Richard Samuel has been sidelined with a quadriceps injury most of the last two weeks.

“He could,” Richt said of Crowell possibly starting. “The longer Richard doesn’t go. . . it may be that Isaiah gets the nod. Either him or Richard would. It’ll just depend on what Richard can do here in the next couple of days. I think if Richard doesn’t practice in the next day or two, it might be that Isaiah gets the chance to be the starter. So it could be that we have three kids starting from Columbus.”

Samuel practiced full speed and in a regular red jersey on Wednesday.

People from Columbus aren’t surprised that Crowell has made the decision tough on coaches.

“Everybody here knows what an outstanding player Isaiah is,” Lindsey said. “He’s a great athlete but it’s his competitive edge that makes him special. He expects to be great. I have no doubt he’ll do well.”

Re-establishing as a recruiting stronghold has been a priority for Georgia, which had seen a lot of good players from the area go elsewhere in recent years. The city is just a half-hour from Auburn and has sent a lot of players all over.

“There are a lot of talented players that have come from there and a lot more talented players that are going to come from there,” said running backs coach Bryan McClendon, who recruits Columbus for the Bulldogs. “Hopefully players from there will see that you can come to Georgia and succeed both on the field and off of it.”

Crowell, Figgins and Jones and helping spread that message.

“UGA history in regards to outstanding players coming out of Columbus is not all that great,” Lindsey said. “I think these guys are going to break that mold. I sincerely believe that just having dealt with both those young men. I’ve never seen them in any trouble.”

Well, Crowell did have one shortcoming.

“The only time I ever had to deal with Isaiah was being late to school,” Lindsey said with a laugh. “As long as he stays levelheaded, though, he’ll be fine.”

HERE’S A LINK TO MORE NOTES AND QUOTES FROM TUESDAY.

124 comments Add your comment

Dawg Gone It

August 30th, 2011
6:36 pm

Come’on DAWGS. Go get em’

GATOR CHOMP

August 30th, 2011
6:41 pm

The mutts will lose by 3 touchdowns.”BOOK IT”

Sharkman

August 30th, 2011
6:47 pm

Hope Crowell is ontime in Athens!

Sharkman

August 30th, 2011
6:48 pm

Gator chomp, go chomp somewhere else. Oh, and by the way, Crowell is gonna run all over y’all on October 29th!

No so - Gator Chomp

August 30th, 2011
6:57 pm

The dawgs push thru the ponies at will. The defense shuts down most, not all, but most of BC. It is over by the second quarter. Book that.

dawgcrzy

August 30th, 2011
6:57 pm

Hey Chomp, jealousy leads to stupidity, hope ya’ll are still jealous in Oct.

Swingman912

August 30th, 2011
7:01 pm

Hey! Hater Chump….i mean Gator Chomp, the Tebow days are done, so I guess you’ve decided to talk about a good team instead of yours. FYI, haters are really secret lovers, so from UGA fans everywhere, ‘Preciate it! #SicEm

bigcalidawg

August 30th, 2011
7:01 pm

Do it for Carver Heights………do it for Boxwood

Athens Dawg

August 30th, 2011
7:02 pm

Oh my gosh, trolls can’t wait for a new report to pop up so they can comment on it. Your just making yourself look stupid. Half the time they’re not even a fan of the school they put on their username. They could be Georgia Tech fan for all we know. As a matter of fact, half of the trolls on here are GT fans. They can’t stand that they are 9-1 vs. UGA in the last 10 years and we had a 6-7 season last year yet they STILL couldn’t beat us. Damn. Get used to it.

Anyways, let’s get it this weekend Crowell, Figs, and Jones. You can do it. I have faith in you guys and I have faith in everybody on this team to get the job done.! GO DAWGS

andrew

August 30th, 2011
7:02 pm

Athens Dawg

August 30th, 2011
7:04 pm

Do you think SC fans, Florida fans, Alabama, Auburn, etc fans would take time out of their day to constantly check up on the Dawgs. No; it’s Georgia Tech people. Get real. They’re on the same website as us so they constantly come over to the Dawgs board and see if we have any new material then they hop on it and comment and troll away while hiding behind a team’s name that they feel is “superior” to UGA since they know their school isn’t. Ha. I have it figured out.

JDawg1785

August 30th, 2011
7:06 pm

These young men from Columbus will shine for the Dawgs this year!

Pulpwud Smiff

August 30th, 2011
7:12 pm

Carver-Columbus has a history of sending lawless punks to UGA. I’ll give Crowell one year before he causes enough trouble that Richt sends him home to his mommy.

WtfWruthnkn

August 30th, 2011
7:13 pm

Is it Saturday yet?

Larry Bowie No. 15

August 30th, 2011
7:17 pm

Let’s hope we can score enough to keep up with the Broncos.

The bitter truth for dawgs to chew on

August 30th, 2011
7:20 pm

You Dawg fans who keep trashing Georgia Tech enjoy yourselves all you want. The thing is… Tech alumni and fans have lives that don’t depend entirely on what a bunch of kids does on Saturday afternoons. College sports are fun to follow, but the biggest reason for going to college is to get an education.

UGA fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to UGA for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. UGA has a long history of being a drunken party school, where parents send their kids for an easy degree, even if the degree itself is worthless.

Athens Dawg

August 30th, 2011
7:29 pm

TUCK FECH! And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Seriously to the haters and trolls, what do you get by coming here and saying things like ” Georgia sucks!” and “Boise will win!”. WHO Cares what YOU think? Are you 12?

Mad Dog One

August 30th, 2011
7:37 pm

Bitter truth and why are you on this blog if you have such a great life away from football???????????
Why not be on the tach blog with your great frinds oh you don’t have any??????

bardawg

August 30th, 2011
7:41 pm

Chip,just for your info , 3 ,of the guys went to Carver, Crowell,Jones & Harrow. Bruce Figgins went to Shaw ,& Greg Bingham went to Columbus High. Just to set the record straight & not offend anyone .

jim

August 30th, 2011
7:42 pm

@ dawgs to chew on…seriously? that’s your perception of ALL UGA and ALL Tech. You did see one of your former hoopsters arrested for murder? UGA degree worthless? Funny.

We understand you Techsters don’t eat, breathe, and live college football. For one, you would all be seriously depressed. And two, it would cut into your Dungeons & Dragons time.

7576DAWG

August 30th, 2011
7:44 pm

bitter truth
What does any of what you say have to do with a SPORTS blog. Nobody is disputing you that Georgia Tech is a great , very hard, prestigious college. It’s like the Ivy League school of the south but the Ivy League schools don’t even give scholarships so all of their concentration is on academics.
Please realize that there are people that really like competitive sports. It’s obvious you are not one of them. I suggest that you go to a more supportive blog.

BirdDawg

August 30th, 2011
7:45 pm

Bitter truth…..spoken like a true nerd. You have probably never even played a competitive sport, so I wouldn’t expect you to understand how great athletics are. You were probably on the debate team and have a job crunching numbers, so you don’t have to interact with humans!! UGA fans and alumni do fine in life I’m sure. But I understand why you are so bitter, we wipe the floor with you nerds yearly so all you talk about is how great your school is academically….don’t waste out time with your pointless comments….there has to be a chess lobby you can go chat on!!!

Athens Dawg

August 30th, 2011
7:48 pm

The haters and trolls just can’t stand the fact that UGA has turned things around. No arrests, no bone headed decisions by players, etc. Last season our AD got fired, we had multiple suspensions and arrests, Green sold his jersey which was a distraction, etc. This season we don’t have any distractions that is taking away from what the team has set out to accomplish. The team seems pumped, locked, and ready to whip Boise but we’ll see how it plays out on the field. I heard that Boise isn’t looking good at all on offense, but we’ll see how they perform on Saturday night with a motivated, big, fast, tenacious defense gunning for them.

chilidawg

August 30th, 2011
7:59 pm

Please don’t mention Georgia, Columbus and paying in the same headline!

Chip Towers

August 30th, 2011
8:07 pm

bardawg: sorry. noted. figgins’ father works at Carver as a math teacher.

ChinaDawg

August 30th, 2011
8:12 pm

4 from Carver? Figgins went to Shaw. The QB CHS.

ChinaDawg

August 30th, 2011
8:16 pm

Sorry to repeat. Didn’t see bardawgs comment.

G

August 30th, 2011
8:23 pm

The point is they are from Columbus. Sorry Chip everyone is a little jumpy and ready to get after Boise!

G

August 30th, 2011
8:24 pm

I believe we are going to see some nasty dawgs on Saturday!

typical dawg fan

August 30th, 2011
8:30 pm

i sure wish we was playin somebody we know instead of somebody nobody ever heard of. why we don’t play georgia southern anymore. shoot, them was some good games. we should be playin more games aginst chattanoogy an furman. its them teams you don’t know can sneek up on you quick like. i remember my playin days up here in blue ridge for the middle school. shoot, we would whoop up on teams from ellijay and blairsville. me an my cousin lenard was the startin defensive tackles. we was like ole stroud an seymour was at georgia, sure was. lenard is a good guy, but he was mean as a snake on the football field. one of our little tricks was on the first play on defense. we would go on the field with a handful of vaseline an during the play would rub that salve on the centers bottom, so’s it would slicker up the ball when he hiked it to the quarterback! gosh almity that worked! think coach rickt outta try that little trick, he could call it the lenard special, since he thought of it. anyways, back to what i was a sayin about playin teams you ain’t never heard about. the school went an scheduled us a game up in murphy, north carolina again some private school. well we took that bus trip up there thinkin they was gonna be like playin jasper an turned out they was more like bama than jasper! son they put it on us good i tell you! so you gotta be careful who you schedule sometimes. maybe we could bring that team from up in michigan what morino jumped over a couple a years ago. they was easy. go dawgs!

Worm

August 30th, 2011
8:39 pm

It would be nice to control Columbus instead of those guys going to AwBarn.

SOWEGA

August 30th, 2011
8:41 pm

Hmmmm….why is it everybody in Atlanta thinks that anything south of Atlanta is considered South GA? Columbus is not a “southwest Georgia bordertown”. Fort Gaines. There’s a Southwest GA Bordertown.

Anywho, South GA or not, glad to see Columbus getting recognition for the talent that town produces. GO DAWGS!!!

Chico

August 30th, 2011
8:51 pm

Mack Strong of Columbus (Brookstone) was a hell of a player for the Dawgs and the Seahawks, and a great guy to boot. Wayne Johnson, Herman Archie, Darryl Jones, Dale Williams, Frank Watts…..

UGAKev

August 30th, 2011
8:53 pm

Columbus has more UGA fans than any other team…We are glad to see players finally starting to go there. GO DAWGS! 4 more days!

John

August 30th, 2011
8:56 pm

Carver recruits better than UGA!

G2Rhett

August 30th, 2011
9:09 pm

Rock and Roll…Go Dawgs Sic ‘Em!!! Boise isn’t gonna have a clue what the hell just happened to them after the 1st quarter. This is going to be a very long and I’m afraid extremely dangerous game for Kellen Moore…this will make what the Dogs did to Colt Brennan and his team in the Sugar Bowl look like a f#@cking cake walk. This is going to be an absolute beat down on national television. Georgia’s gonna make Boise pay dearly for stepping foot in our second home…the Georgia Dome!!! Spread the RED!!!

The Only Horses I Like Are Under My Hood

August 30th, 2011
9:11 pm

If UGA is such an easy school to attend, I do wonder as to why we are ranked as a top twenty institution of higher learning.

Georgia Tech students can build a mean robot though, and I hear that robot fights at Tech have better attendance than their football games do.

GATOR CHOMP

August 30th, 2011
9:13 pm

Hey losers,talk to me when your flead out mutts actually win something.The MIGHTY GATORS own you trailor trash hillbillies.GATORS OR DIE!!!!!!!!!!!

GATOR CHOMP

August 30th, 2011
9:16 pm

Crowell will be the biggest bust in the history of ugay football “BOOK IT”

The Only Horses I Like Are Under My Hood

August 30th, 2011
9:17 pm

If the Gators “own” UGA, why it is that UGA still owns the series against UF.

How many undefeated titles do the Gators have?

Furthermore, what year does everyone think that GATOR CHOMP graduated from UF?

Athens Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:18 pm

Spread the Red on Saturday night. It’s going to be so overwhelming for Boise to see a huge sea of red of nothing but Dawg fans. And it’s not the same as VT, Oregon, Oregon State, or anybody else they’ve faced. SEC fans are the best fans in the nation. They are relentless as our football team. They know when to get EXTREMELY loud and they know when to get very quiet. Boise State is in for a long, long night. Boise better not let UGA score first and let them get the momentum on defense. Oh hell, it’s on then. Say if we get up 7-0, or 10-0 or even 14-0, the defense will be licking their chops to finish this game off, defensive style!

Athens Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:23 pm

Jarvis Jones will be salivating when he sees Kellen Moore. Brandon Boykin will be salivating when he lines up across from Shoemaker or whatever his name is. Big Geathers and Big Bad John will be licking their chops when they line up across from Thomas Byrd (center from Boise). Our O-line will be salivating when they see Boise’s D-line and knowing they have a chance to make a statement and give out punishment. All that frustration can be taken out. You can actually hit them as hard as you want legally in the game. Hit them, time and time again and there’s nothing anybody can do about it. Wrestle them, hit them, push them, whatever you gotta do O-line to get the job done. Do it to the best of your ability. This game is all on the lines.

Athens Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:26 pm

If I’m Geathers or Jenkins, I’m so excited to get on the field and just dominate the line of scrimmage. I would take my big arms and just get them inside of Byrd’s pads and thrust my entire body strength and power into his chest and drive him backwards into his own running back. I expect that to happen a lot Saturday.

JB

August 30th, 2011
9:27 pm

“Georgia Tech alum and fans have lives”………? Really…..How is being arrested for alleged murder having a life? Maybe serving life?

Vince Doodly

August 30th, 2011
9:29 pm

Dawgies lose by 7.

Crimedog

August 30th, 2011
9:30 pm

Um, didn’t members of Crowell’s posse rip off the Georgia locker room?

JB

August 30th, 2011
9:30 pm

Lot of “book it’s” from Gator chomp tonight. I remember him telling us how much better Brantley was than Murray….on their way to losing 5 games last year….and Meyer really quitting at the half season mark. Yea, that “book it”……LOL

Athens Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:33 pm

Believe it or not we played well on defense at times last season. We had some lapses but that comes with not having experience in a new system. The 3-4 is a very technical defense and very hard to learn. It was our first season in the 3-4 and NOBODY on our team had experience in it. That played a huge role in us going 6-7. Also bad moments on offense too, but look for those mistakes to be cleaned up this season. Here’s a link: Watch it…. http://youtu.be/ieipPOkcidQ

GATOR CHOMP

August 30th, 2011
9:33 pm

Athens Dawg,please wake up and stop dreaming son.Meth is bad for your health.

Athens Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:36 pm

http://youtu.be/6cjimTtqv70

That’s to all the Murray haters! Suck on that!