Similar statistical comparison between Isaiah Crowell, Herschel Walker to this point

Isaiah Crowell's cutting ability is reminscent of former Georgia running back Garrison Hearst. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

Isaiah Crowell's cutting ability is reminscent of former Georgia running back Garrison Hearst. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

ATHENS – This is not at all to say that Isaiah Crowell is the next Herschel Walker — there hasn’t been a “next” so far — but their statistical comparison to this point in their respective freshman campaigns is remarkably similar.

  • Through the first four games of the 1980 season, Walker had 419 yards rushing on 77 carries.
  • Through the first four games of the 2011 season, Crowell has 411 yards rushing on 77 carries.

Walker had outscored Crowell 5 touchdowns to 3 at this point and, of course, the Bulldogs were 4-0 then as opposed to 2-2 now. Also, of note, Walker was injured early in the fourth game against TCU and was sidelined. Similarly, Crowell watched the second half of the Coastal Carolina game from the sideline due to injured ribs and an early blowout.

Walker finished the 1980 campaign with a freshman record of 1,616 yards and 15 touchdowns. That does not include his 150 yards and 2 TDs in the national championship win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. Bowl stats were not included then.

At Crowell’s current pace he would finish the regular season with 1,236 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Here’s the game-by-game comparison:

WALKER<————————————–>CROWELL

Opp., Att-Yards-TDs—————————Opp., Att.-Yards-TDs

Tenn., 24-84-2————————————-Boise St., 15-60-0

Tx A&M, 21-145-3———————————S.Carolina, 16-118-2*

Clemson, 23-121-0——————————–C.Carolina, 16-86-1

TCU, 9-69-0**————————————–Ole Miss, 30-147-0

Total 77-419-5————————————Total 77-411-3

* 1 pass reception for TD

** Injured/sidelined during game

Here’s how some of Georgia’s other great backs looked statistically in their first season the last 20 years or :

  • Rodney Hampton 126-890-4
  • Garrison Hearst 162-717-5
  • Knowshon Moreno 248-1,334-14
  • Tim Worley 116-627-9
  • Kregg Lumpkin 112-523-6
  • Thomas Brown 172-875-8

371 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

September 27th, 2011
11:05 am

Herschel got 1,200 yards over the next 7 games. He also got over 200 against florida that year didn’t he?

IC will do well to get to Moreno’s numbers

With florida’s strong D-line factored in, I would say 1,200 yards would be outstanding.

Dogs Smell

September 27th, 2011
11:07 am

Seriously ? Anything else you “live in the past ” Homers can reach for?

Bigdsel

September 27th, 2011
11:09 am

Well, I hope he helps us win big the rest of the year.

FaithfulDawg86

September 27th, 2011
11:11 am

There will never ever be another Herschel Walker, here or anywhere else, so please stop the lame “next…” talk. Having said that, IC’s numbers are impressive, I like his style and attitude. He is going to be a great player!! Keep your head on straight, Isaiah, stay humble like Herschel (now that’s a comparison I can get behind), and work hard. Go Dawgs!

UGA Forester

September 27th, 2011
11:14 am

I am impressed with Isaiah’s burst of speed in just 2 steps. He can hit a hole and get 4 yards easier than most running backs. I wish he could control his excitement after a big play. I see the coaches try to get usher him back to the huddle instead of taunting the defender. He’ll get more carries than most freshman running backs as long as Richard “shoe string tackle” Samuel is his backup. I hope it’s not windy Saturday. Samuel may not get to play.

Herschel Talker

September 27th, 2011
11:15 am

Jeez, this is weak. Enough with the next Herschel Walker BS.

FIRE MARK RICHT!!!

Over it

September 27th, 2011
11:15 am

Every year there is RB coming to UGA and someone says “The Next Herschel” how did that work out for Caleb King?

Beast from the East

September 27th, 2011
11:16 am

It’s a shame that you continue to compare every UGA running back to Hershel. Newsflash…..there will never be another Hershel. Let the kid’s play stand on it’s own merit and quit comparing him to the best college running back of all time. It’s not fair to him nor any of the ones the past 28 years that you’ve done it to!

jb

September 27th, 2011
11:16 am

we are throwing around the term “great” pretty loosely with references to lumpkin and brown aren’t we….?

Duckafawg

September 27th, 2011
11:17 am

Lumpkin, T Brown and Worley were great?????

Thank you, Beast

September 27th, 2011
11:20 am

…my sentiments exactly – give the kids a chance, let them be them, not the next,” hoped for”, to which no one can compare…

K. Malcome

September 27th, 2011
11:21 am

I thought I was the next Hershel Walker

And to put...

September 27th, 2011
11:23 am

…Lumpkin and Brown in the “comparison” is laughable, at best…

RxDawg

September 27th, 2011
11:24 am

Ok, on paper I’ll give it to you that they look similar. But in reality Crowell got his yards on a somewhat balanced team. Walker got his yards when every single player and staff knew he was going to get the ball and there was nothing they could do about it.

RxDawg

September 27th, 2011
11:25 am

“I hope it’s not windy Saturday. Samuel may not get to play.”

lmao… and after thinking about it… cmao

Mobile Dawg

September 27th, 2011
11:26 am

Beast said it all….Good day Dawgs….

Pup Fan

September 27th, 2011
11:28 am

@UGA Forester,
“I hope it’s not windy Saturday. Samuel may not get to play.”
Made me laugh out loud!!! Samuel is a DGD but he does seem easy to tackle. GO DAWGS…..and thanks for the laugh!

Doug

September 27th, 2011
11:28 am

1. Crowell is not well conditioned, averaging 4.5 ypc vs. Ealey’s 6.6 ypc in 4th quarter, 40%+ LESS than Ealey, Crowell’s even worse in the 3rd qrtr, 3.7 ypc.
2- Ealey & Moreno both averaged 5.7 ypc their fresh season’s
3- Ealey had 11 rushing td’s last season, Crowell’s on track for 6 rush td’s.
4- Murray’s been sacked 11x so far, Crowell’s passblocking isn’t good.

Doug

September 27th, 2011
11:30 am

You can also compare win totals, Crowell’s record is 2-2, Walker’s was 4-0.

UGA Insider

September 27th, 2011
11:30 am

The UGA fanbase is so demoralized at present it’s amazing. We were suppose to have the best special teams unit in the country and it turns out we have one of the worst. Boykin is the only bright spot on that entire unit at present.

Doug

September 27th, 2011
11:32 am

Ealey had better breakaway speed, Walker & Moreno too.

Ealey busted one for 44 yards last season, Crowell hasn’t had that long run yet, he’s pretty slow compared to the Elite Ealey.

1eyedJack

September 27th, 2011
11:33 am

Isaiah, when you make a good play just toss the football to the nearest ref and run back to the huddle.

dwayne

September 27th, 2011
11:33 am

dont worry….booboo will throw it 50 times next week. IC gets 15 carries and 6th string smelluel gets 12 carries. Rikcht says he knows what the hell he is doing and the kool aid drinkers believe him. Dawgs hoping for last place in SEC so they can draft Andrew Luck…crap….never mind.

Doug

September 27th, 2011
11:33 am

Crowell practically just fell down on his last 3 carries, he was so winded.

Joe T really needs to work on conditioning.

UGA Insider

September 27th, 2011
11:34 am

Also, I talked to a big booster at the game and he said that Adams will NEVER fire CMR. He will be at UGA for as long as he wants and as long as the money keeps rolling in.

DawginLex

September 27th, 2011
11:34 am

Elite Ealey?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1eyedJack

September 27th, 2011
11:36 am

Doug, you’re “pretty slow” compared to the Everyone Else.

UGA Insider

September 27th, 2011
11:38 am

I agree with the folks who say the Joe T experiment has failed. Our players look bigger but are badly out of shape. Which by the way causes mistakes such as FAKE DAMN PUNTS!!!!!!!!!!!

Doug

September 27th, 2011
11:38 am

Walker led his team to a National Championship his freshman season. Let’s hold off on comparing Crowell to Walker until he EARNS it with mroe teams WINS.

DawginLex

September 27th, 2011
11:40 am

Insider

I believe Richt is an honorable enough person that if we go 6-6 or 7-5 and the fanbase is divided, he will resign of his own choosing.

Doug

September 27th, 2011
11:40 am

Crowell hasn’t led his team to a significant win yet, Coastal Carolina & Ole Miss.

Give me a break.

Doug

September 27th, 2011
11:41 am

Yes, Ealey was in the top 5 for 4th qarter td’s.

Crowell has 1 so far.

DawginLex

September 27th, 2011
11:41 am

Insider

I predicted that the Joe T program would not show results until 2012 and it appears I am right

gdawginkalamazoo

September 27th, 2011
11:42 am

RxDawg, Yes, that’s where you can’t compare the two! Everybody in the stadium knew who the ball was going to.

Doug

September 27th, 2011
11:43 am

Lattimore already has 8 rushing td’s, and over 600 yards rushing.

Lattimore’s team is 4-0.

Doug

September 27th, 2011
11:45 am

Crowell’s fumble for returned td against SC was REALLY costly.

TampaDawg

September 27th, 2011
11:47 am

Dogs Smell

September 27th, 2011
11:07 am

Seriously ? Anything else you “live in the past ” Homers can reach for?
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Actually, we post this stuff and read it just to see the negative people like yourself pop on here and look like idiots with nothing better to do than post on another team’s blog. It’s a great source of entertainment for us .. like watching chimps at a zoo actually. Now, do you have anything relevant to the article to talk about? If not, stay an idiot.

DawginLex

September 27th, 2011
11:49 am

Well said Tampa

Matthews Dawg

September 27th, 2011
11:54 am

Doug = non UGA fan! If you are then, you are a sad Dawg fan! Whiner too!

Insider…I believe we will be alright with CMR this year and if not, I agree with Lex…he will do the right thing. You can say a lot about CMR, but honor, integrity and character IMO can’t and should not be questioned. I believe he can coach too! Go Dawgs!!

TampaDawg

September 27th, 2011
11:59 am

Ok Doug, you’re on the Ealey band wagon. Are you Thomas Brown/Pollyanna/or whatever the hell the guy was yesterday who was riding Ealey’s jock?

Anyway, yes, Ealey had 11 TDs last year. 5 were against UK. He didn’t get his 2 TD last year until his 6th game. And of those six games he only had 1 were he averaged more than 4.8 ypc with at least 10 carries and that was against a not so improved Vandy team. And fumbles, yes, let’s talk fumbles in costly situations with Washaun Ealey shall we? 3!!!! In situations that gave the game away.

TampaDawg

September 27th, 2011
12:00 pm

and Doug, you lost all credibility when you said the word “elite” next to Ealey’s name.

Joey

September 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

UGA Insider, I thought you told us last week that Peterson as our next coach was a “done deal?”

Mark

September 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

Doug = Rooster, Thomas Brown, Pollyana, Flat Tire… same troll, new name…

DawginLex

September 27th, 2011
12:05 pm

doug is not pollyanna

pollyanna is bulldawg/thomas brown/ohio state not ranked

doug has about 98 other blog handles he has used to bash Murray and praise Ealey

this is the guy who did that ad nauseum

Joey

September 27th, 2011
12:07 pm

“I believe Richt is an honorable enough person that if we go 6-6 or 7-5 and the fanbase is divided, he will resign of his own choosing.
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Hope you’re right, DawginLex. I would hate to see the moral of DawgNation if we get another 6-6 record, AND Richt comes back.

Also, I have found in business dealings that when money is involved, especially millions of dollars, “honor” goes out the window.

Bright Idea

September 27th, 2011
12:08 pm

Just wish we could simply pull for our team as the games play out without the 24/7/365 speculation and useless comparisons. Most college kids, athlete or not, carry some baggage but we want them to be perfect human beings and athletes. Geez.

WDE

September 27th, 2011
12:08 pm

From what I’m seeing a lot of these “gassed” players are new to UGA and haven’t had as much exposure to D-1 training..I think the OL and DL vets look better and seem in better shape. I think Jenkins and IC will be in much better shape after a full off season and spring in the system. 2012 should show marked improvement.

1 4 GT

September 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

AJC writer Chip. As ya’ll can see from my name I am a Tech fan from birth. The only time I EVER had any interest, except for “the Clean Old Fashioned Hate”, was Herschel Walker was playing for ya’ll . Your efforts to compare anyone to that MANCHILD are laughable & a complete waste of your’s & your readers time. Someone might someday have better stats, but only 2 running backs have been compelling enough to make me want to watch them whenever I had the opportunity–Herschel & Gayle Sayers. No one will ever measure up to them IMHO.

TampaDawg

September 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

And Ealey’s long runs didn’t come until week 6 and 7 .. yaaaaaaay for him. That standout redshirt sophomore who is still fumbling at JSU in the OVC .. stiff competition there and he still only has 327 rushing yards .. LAUGHABLE!

DawginLex

September 27th, 2011
12:10 pm

Can y’all imagine the pressure on this kid?

He needs to stop trash talking and I’m glad richt pulled him aside about it.

Other than that, he has done a lot of good things while being under the microscope in this age of everybody knowing what everyone is doing all the time.

He is not Herschel. He is IC. He can make his own way and if we can win some football games, he can be a big part of it.