TB Isaiah Crowell to get first career start vs. Coastal Carolina

ATHENS – Just got back from interviewing Georgia players following head coach Mark Richt’s weekly press conference. As you could imagine there wasn’t a whole lot of talk about Coastal Carolina, the Bulldogs opponent for Week 3. It was more about the aftermath of last Saturday’s loss to South Carolina and what has to happen going forward.

The biggest bit of news to come out of the half-hour session with Coach Richt was the decision to start freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell this week. Crowell had 158 all-purpose yards — including 118 rushing — and two touchdowns against the Gamecocks was named SEC co-freshman of the week, The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Columbus native now leads the Bulldogs in rushing with 178 yards, or 89 per game and is the team’s second-leading scorer.

So here quickly is what Richt had to say about Crowell. . . .

  • On tailback rotation: “Right now we do have [Crowell] slated as the starter for this week. Part of it is just his production as a runner. That’s a big part of it certainly. But Richard [Samuel] is also kind of hobbled. I don’t know how much work he’ll get today. Now that Isaiah is in that role, a lot of guys when they get into that starting role they can an even greater sense of urgency in their preparation.”
  • His assessment of Crowell’s play so far: “I think he’s done pretty well. I think he has learned a lot. It’s just so hard to explain to a guy what it’s going to be like until they just start doing it. Now that he’s been in the Dome and had that experience and then he had a Southeastern Conference experience and a game that he could tell one play could make the difference. I think that he understands a lot more about what it takes and I think he’s even more motivated to work even harder in practice and to make sure he makes sure he takes care of every little detail. Not to say that he wasn’t, but it’s just . . . he’s a freshman. Until you play in an SEC game like that you just don’t get it fully. But I saw an even more urgency on his part, even in yesterday’s practice. He just seemed to be excited about what the future holds.”
  • On Crowell’s performance versus South Carolina: “I think he is a very special back. As the game was going on I thought he was running very well, but when I looked at the film I realized he really made some great runs. So we hope he can keep doing that.”
  • On Crowell not getting more carries: “He did take a shot in the ribs and he was having trouble breathing. A couple of runs in a row and I think, because of his energy level and excitement level, he’d raise his hand and want to come off. So when a guy does that, you could say stay in there but you don’t know why a guy wants to come out when he’s asking to come out. So he came out. I think he’ll stay in a little bit more than a couple of runs. Although there were a couple of relatively long runs, I think his endurance will build as we go, too, as he prepares and as the weather cools as the season goes on.
  • On Samuel’s injury: “It’s not a muscle pull. It was like a heel, something with his heel. It wasn’t a break or anything like that. More of a heel contusion.”
  • Who will be second team if Samuel can’t go: “Right now in my opinion it’d be Carlton [Thomas]. But today is a big day. It’s a competition day, a physical day, a day we’ll get in pads and do some live football. Guys will get an opportunity to show they need to be playing.”

– Chip Towers

143 comments Add your comment

just a fan

September 13th, 2011
2:09 pm

CANTONDAWG

September 13th, 2011
2:20 pm

Great …he should be able to rack up 200 yards in this game.

drbasic

September 13th, 2011
2:21 pm

If there is such a thing as “style points” we better get a bunch this weekend and never let off the gas pedal. Everyone sit tight, bigs things are going to be happening by seasons end. GATA!!!

KeepDreaming

September 13th, 2011
2:22 pm

GOOO DAWGS! WE CAN STILL WIN THE SEC!!!

Joe T

September 13th, 2011
2:25 pm

Suck it up boys. Win the rest!!

VALDOSTADAWG

September 13th, 2011
2:27 pm

Crowell is the only positive thing in Athens right now

DawginLex

September 13th, 2011
2:28 pm

Crowell on pace to get 1,000 yards.

I hope Richt plays all the kids that he can.

Don’t agree with the Murray bashers but I would like to see Mason in the 1st half this week.

The Dawginator

September 13th, 2011
2:28 pm

Is Boo Malcome injured?

SidVicious

September 13th, 2011
2:28 pm

Ok, I’ll wait for the Herschel analogies.

MikeInMacon

September 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

I’ll hang up and listen.

TomInTucker

September 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

I’m a big Georgia fan, I’ll hang up and listen.

Roaddawg80

September 13th, 2011
2:31 pm

One of the positive quotes I had talking to my buddy the other day was the simple fact on how excited I was NOT to see Carlton Thomas in the game running between the tackles. He can not get the job done there so I pray that they do not waste anymore of our time trying him. For God’s sake give Boo Malcolm a chance when Crowell comes out( if he has to).

TomInTucker

September 13th, 2011
2:31 pm

If UGA can…….
and If…….
and if we hadn’t………

TallyDawg

September 13th, 2011
2:31 pm

Chip – Did anyone ask about Crowell’s ribs? I’d assume it isn’t that bad since they have him slated to start against Coastal Carolina (when they could obviously rest him in that game if necessary)

Restore UGA

September 13th, 2011
2:37 pm

drbasic, I agree. Aaron Murray needs to learn how to build a lead. The young man seems to loose focus unless we are behind.

Bear

September 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

Keep Mark Richt. Crowell SEC freshmen of the year

How about Bobo?

September 13th, 2011
2:42 pm

Are we going to start a Grad assistant at OC in place of Bobo? Boy, how sweet would that be?

Big Enos Burdette

September 13th, 2011
2:43 pm

The dawgs need to send what I call an “attention getter”.

LAdawg

September 13th, 2011
2:43 pm

I hate feeling like I have to cross my fingers whenever the offense is on the field! This SC game was a huge improvement in play calling but why is that just now happening?? Why is aaron white not being used more? Why are so many plays so predictable? Why is richard samuel given so many carries….his balance is horrible….he tips over at the slightest touch on EVERY carry! Where is boo malcome? Where are the quick slants to wooten and king? Is this really the BEST Georgia can do?

How about Bobo?

September 13th, 2011
2:45 pm

Have to say that I’m pleased that on the weekly callin show, that we havent had to hear Richt say hello to Noah. I’m sure Tim from Bonair is chomping at hte bits, though. Two weeks and no Noah!!!! YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Macclenny_dawg

September 13th, 2011
2:52 pm

Well it only took Richt 2 games to realize freshmen or not best player needs to be starting. Richt is getting better!! It would normally take a year to realize that he should be starting. Because normally he would have been red shirted!!!

dbc

September 13th, 2011
2:53 pm

Well that’s about two game too late.

Macclenny_dawg

September 13th, 2011
3:01 pm

Why didn’t somebody ask him why he didn’t use the last timeout on 3rd down??? He stated he onside kicked the ball because he didn’t think we could line up our defense right with our starting linebacker out!!! Then he doesn’t call timeout on 3rd down to try to give us a chance to get the ball back. Coach we can’t have a chance to win if we didn’t get the ball back!!! Result 3rd down South Carolina converts game over!!! That to me folks is bad coaching!!! But we did have a timeout left in case we could stop them!!! Guess he felt we might need that to get the offfense lined up after we got the ball back with less than a miute left!!!

DawginLex

September 13th, 2011
3:04 pm

sid

I won’t compare anyone to Herschel. Best ever. No contest.

I will compare Crowell to Rodney Hampton.

1,059 yards in his senior year. 5′11″ 215 pounds.

I think we all would take a similar season, especially for a true freshman.

CecilDawg

September 13th, 2011
3:06 pm

Looking at an 84 – 21 game here this Sat. Now, what will that tell us? BTW, Samuel is the Thunder, as in “Thunder and lightnin’.” You will see. We keep blaming CMR and Bilbo for our woes. What this team needs is for a couple of leaders to emerge on the O and the D. Didn’t have it last year; neither did GT. Both looked awful. C’mon, boys…

DawginLex

September 13th, 2011
3:07 pm

I think it will be 63-0 Saturday

Joey

September 13th, 2011
3:08 pm

If Bobo game plans and calls plays in the remaining game, like he did vs SC, nobody will read a bad word about him from me. He mixed up the plays so well, and kept SC’s D so off-balance, well . . . it just wasn’t Bobo-like.

I hope he keeps it up.

Cupcake City

September 13th, 2011
3:09 pm

12-2 will straighten everything out.

TampaDawg

September 13th, 2011
3:09 pm

We will forever hear the cries to play Boo Malcome .. just gotta believe with every coach knowing that their job is at stake that if Boo was good enough to really help, he would be on the field and getting touches at that.

Fantastic!

September 13th, 2011
3:13 pm

This kid is an absolute STUD!!!!

DawginLex

September 13th, 2011
3:14 pm

I agree Tampa

I guess maybe he is still hurt/recovering?

Groin pulls are tough, especially when you have to keep practicing to try and earn playing time.

TampaDawg

September 13th, 2011
3:16 pm

Just read an article that he is still battling groin and ankle stuff from earlier this spring. He says he can’t remember the last time he was healthy. It’s a shame because he was a big prospect ..

DawginLex

September 13th, 2011
3:17 pm

I know the year is still young but, 2012 could be really good for our running game.

Crowell
The kid from florida looks really good although was overmatched versus buford’s team
If we could land the Marshall kid from NC.

That would be Hampton/Worley/Hearst

Who will be their coach?

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

September 13th, 2011
3:19 pm

So who is favored Saturday?

YungDawg87

September 13th, 2011
3:21 pm

….I LOVE WHEN HATERS ARE PROVED WRONG!!!!…… Keep It Up ISAIAH CROWELL !!!!….I Would Like To See KEN MALCOME get Some PT this weekend

The Bottom Line

September 13th, 2011
3:22 pm

What if they lose?

Stinger2

September 13th, 2011
3:23 pm

Maybe a real big 63-0 blowout as someone suggested will quiet the fans down a little bit at least. CMR and his staff earn every dollar they make. Most of it because of the radical and unrealist fan base they have to deal with.

banshee29

September 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

Does 10-2 save Richt? What about 9-3 (loss to you know who)

Frank Lane

September 13th, 2011
3:26 pm

Fans need to realize that they have a responsibility to the program also, and that all the grousing caused us to lose a top prospect to Stanford today, and I don’t think they even offer his intended major when UGA is the top school in broadcast journalism.

Wait till next year...

September 13th, 2011
3:27 pm

Already talking about 2012… LOL!

DC

September 13th, 2011
3:28 pm

how does beating coastal carolina calm people down?…thats like when UGA “could” make it in the sec championship game last year after beating those horrible teams then..oh yeah..they started playing quality opponents again and lost…

jarvis

September 13th, 2011
3:32 pm

Right Frank….it was the fans complaining and not the fact that the coach won’t be there in 12 months.

DawginLex

September 13th, 2011
3:34 pm

When you LOL! your own statement, that makes you a douchebag and pathetic.

JB

September 13th, 2011
3:34 pm

Our game Saturday kinda like taking your sister to the prom. Just not into it.Looking for other games to watch, although I’ve paid for the dish game plan. Hoping to catch Fla or bama or someone.

PunchGO

September 13th, 2011
3:35 pm

It is time to demote BoBo to split end coach. Bring in Mike Leach as OC and Coach in waiting. If Leach gets out of line CMR can real him in. Everyone deserves a second chance and this will prove it. He is an offensive genius. We kill 2 birds with one stone. OC and coach in waiting.

jimmy

September 13th, 2011
3:35 pm

doesn’t quite me down regardless of what happens this weekend. Richt’s (and staff’s) shelf life has long expired…

Rural Education

September 13th, 2011
3:36 pm

Crowell is a punk, he trashed talk the whole game. The real RB, Lattimore just ran and let his actions do the talking. Ga is full of showboats.

NCDawgs fan

September 13th, 2011
3:37 pm

Expect Hutson Mason to get some snaps this week as well. Lemay will end up redshirting this year. I hope we see Drew and Rome in some action as well.

DawginLex

September 13th, 2011
3:37 pm

DC

No one needs calming down. We lost to 2 teams ranked in most top 10 polls.

We play a patsy this week. We will win big as we should.

The kids need to win a game and get a better outlook on things.

No one has played 2 teams like us in the country.

No one.

We lost them but we got better the 2nd week

Now Richt has to win a lot(or maybe all) of the remaining games to stay employed.

jimmy

September 13th, 2011
3:37 pm

quiet (oops.)