Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell still looking to take it ‘to the house’

Georgia coach Mark Richt thinks it's just a matter of time before Isaiah Crowell busts a long run for the Bulldogs. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

Georgia coach Mark Richt thinks it's just a matter of time before Isaiah Crowell busts a long run for the Bulldogs. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

ATHENS – At this point, everybody has seen enough of freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell to know he’s a real deal. He comes into the Mississippi State game as the SEC’s fourth-leading rusher at 103 yards per game and is coming off a 30-carry, 147-yard performance at Ole Miss.

What nobody has seen Crowell do yet, however, is rip off a really long run. It was his specialty at Carver-Columbus High, where he had a dozen touchdown runs of over 50 yards his senior year alone.

Crowell has noticed, too, and he’s itching to find some daylight.

“I’ve been trying,” said the 5-foot-11, 215-pound speedster. “I’ve been trying to use my speed to get outside and cut back and just find an opening. It hasn’t been there yet.”

Through four games, Crowell’s longest run from scrimmage has been 29 yards. That came last Saturday against Ole Miss. His longest scoring run was 27 yards against Coastal Carolina and he had a 17-yard TD off a screen pass against South Carolina.

Obviously there is much more speed on the field in college football. But Crowell believes he has the jets take the ball the distance if the opportunity rises.

“I think when I get in the clear I’ll be able to get it to the house,” Crowell said.

Georgia coach Mark Richt agrees. He was in attendance last fall when Crowell broke loose for a 90-yard touchdown run against eventual state champion Buford. Crowell’s “home run ability” was the main reason so many schools wanted to sign him. Richt thinks it’s  just a matter of time before he pulls off such a run for the Bulldogs.

“I think he will,” Richt said. “I don’t think there’s been a run where he should’ve gotten much more than he did once he got out in space. I think it’s going to happen in time. There’s going to be some long runs in his career.”

In the meantime, Richt has been impressed with the short to medium runs Crowell has been able to string together.

“The thing I’m noticing about him is people are having a hard time getting clean contact on him,” Richt said. “They’re getting edges of him. He’s is very elusive in space and it’s kind of subtle. The guy looks like he’s right there to hit him pretty solidly, but he does just enough to take his hips away. He gets hit but he keeps on going.

“The backs that can make people miss in a tight space are really very good. That’s one of the things I think Knowshon may have been one of the best I’ve seen as far as being a guy that could make people miss in the box or behind the line of scrimmage. He was just exceptional at that, and Isaiah has some of that.”

Butler up for ‘Academic Heisman’

Georgia senior punter Drew Butler was among three SEC players and 47 nationwide to be nominated for the National Football foundation’s Campbell Award, known as the “Academic Heisman.”

Butler, an All-American who won the Ray Guy Award in 2009, has already graduated with a degree in telecommunications. He currently is enrolled in UGA’s sports management graduate program. He has a 3.62 GPA.

Etc. . . .

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193 comments Add your comment

txfood

September 29th, 2011
6:35 pm

pcola-dog

September 29th, 2011
6:36 pm

Saturday would be a good time for a dozen or so long ones

Real Dawg Fan

September 29th, 2011
6:36 pm

I’ve seen him do it…he’ll take it to the house…no worries here

hugedawgfan

September 29th, 2011
6:38 pm

BAMA WHO IS THAT

alabama dawg

September 29th, 2011
6:38 pm

crowell will break one this week

Real Dawg Fan

September 29th, 2011
6:39 pm

Saban –

I usually dont take shots at people on here but you’ve got to be a LAME to actually read a UGA article and post your bs on here…seeing that you were 1st means you actually jumped right on the article once Chip posted it

Worm

September 29th, 2011
6:40 pm

Saban, I ‘d keep my mouth closed until about midnight saturday..We’ll see what ya’ got…Sour grapes perhaps..What’s wrong with trent richardson?

HedgesHave

September 29th, 2011
6:43 pm

“Take it to the house? Must be talking about red panties and other Gerogia traditions”

What does that even mean?

TampaGator

September 29th, 2011
6:47 pm

Just a matter of time before Crowell goes to the long house. Mater of time. He is going to be a real good one for you Dawgs.

GayDawg

September 29th, 2011
6:54 pm

pcola-dog
September 29th, 2011
6:36 pm

“Saturday would be a good time for a dozen or so long ones”

Oooh! I agree!

Terry

September 29th, 2011
6:57 pm

Nick,

I’ll have you know the red panties were Barbara’s idea. Besides, I thought you liked them?

Saban is a Tech fan in disguise

September 29th, 2011
6:59 pm

Enter your comments here

The Great Pretender

September 29th, 2011
6:59 pm

Saban, Looked as if the Hogs were sending several of those Bama boys for first aid Saturday!

duronimo

September 29th, 2011
7:00 pm

My advice is to watch some Tech films. We all have to admit that they are taking it to the house more than anyone at the moment. (Difference offense I know) Crowell is showing promise but I’m a little disturbed at his penchant to trash talk during a game. Where’s the class? Herschel wouldn’t do that. I have long wondered why Richt doesn’t stop that. I know as a UGA fan, I don’t like it. But after watching the LSU/WV game, I guess it’s becoming part of football.

headline

September 29th, 2011
7:01 pm

It should read “take it from the house”…

evil empire

September 29th, 2011
7:11 pm

one thing about crowell…it’s always about him…

gaydawg you crack me up…

Beast from the East

September 29th, 2011
7:12 pm

I agree with TampaGator. It’s just a matter of time before he breaks a long run. The kid appears to have what it takes to be a premier back in the SEC. If he can add about 15-20 pounds in the off-season, he’ll be tough to bring down.

Platters Fan

September 29th, 2011
7:15 pm

@The Great Pretender
September 29th, 2011
6:59 pm

Everyone’s a little banged up this time of year. RB Eddie Lacy has turf toe and LB C.J. Mosley had his elbow separated in the Arkansas game. Mosley is doubtful for Saturday.

KBP

September 29th, 2011
7:26 pm

Duronimo,

Herschel probably would not do that, but so what? I am not a fan of trash talk either but I am less of a fan of statements like Herschel wouldn’t do it. Crowell has a different personality than Walker. From what I understand, some of the all time greats were also some of the all time greatest trash talkers. I hope Crowell stays healthy, stays out of trouble (for his and his family’s sake), and stays in school until he’s projected to be a top 15 pick in the 1st round.

Oh NO BOBO - you are doing better.

September 29th, 2011
7:31 pm

duronimo, I didn’t see it, but I heard that Richt got into Crowel’s ear hole after he did some of the trash talking last week. I wish IC would stop the jawing and just do the work and get back to the line.

I also wish the dreads would go. Most of the helmets popping off in college football are coming off of heads of matted dreads. Yuck. BTW, don’t all those dreads increase heat exhaustion? I love having my hair short because long hair is hot. jmho

Babe Ruth

September 29th, 2011
7:33 pm

If he was really confident, he’d point to where he’s gonna cross the goal line before the snap.

GTBob

September 29th, 2011
7:33 pm

Maybe playing police sirens on the loud speakers during his plays would help.

slydog

September 29th, 2011
7:42 pm

GTBob
September 29th, 2011
7:33 pm

Maybe playing police sirens on the loud speakers during his plays would help.

Racist and a punk!!!

slydog

September 29th, 2011
7:42 pm

No way in heck GT Bob went to Tech. You shame them all. Punk!!!

esaun

September 29th, 2011
7:45 pm

too many fans seem to be concerned with male players’ hair styles. only one kind of man worries about other men’s hair-dos; guess long hair ok for the clay mathews and aj hawks of football but all others need to have boot camp cuts

USAF DAWG!

September 29th, 2011
7:48 pm

Oh NO BOBO-you are doing better, Your a Idiot for making comments about a kids hair style and that being the reason for his helmet coming off. If you dont have anything constructive to say I wish you would just stay off of the blogs. But I serve my country so idiots like you can make comments like this. Helmets dont pop off because kids have dreads, they pop off because either they are improperly fitted, or the kid got hit really hard. OH NO BOBO-you are doing better ” You Are Stupid”!

Oh NO BOBO - you are doing better.

September 29th, 2011
7:50 pm

esaun, I think they all should have short hair. It might help with heat exhaustion, and keeping the helmet on.

I wonder how many players have been hurt when they loose their helmet and have the pile come down on them? It seems like a tragedy waiting to happen.

slydog

September 29th, 2011
7:51 pm

When IC comes to the Flats, make sure all 30,000 tech fans have their sirens, blow horns, and floodlights.

Oh NO BOBO - you are doing better.

September 29th, 2011
7:51 pm

USAF DAWG!,

Thanks for serving. I hope the rest of our service personnel can cover for your stupidity. Please, stay away from and critical weapon systems.

USAF DAWG!

September 29th, 2011
7:55 pm

Why dont you use grammer check before you post Oh NO BOBO – you are doing better. I think you meant to say any. Your a joke.

D Fence

September 29th, 2011
7:56 pm

I think the red panties actually belong to a Saban alright, Terri Saban. You Bammers wished you were as cool as UGA. Now get back to the conveyor belt before you miss putting a lid on another jar.

GATA

September 29th, 2011
7:57 pm

Memo to all “fans” of other teams posting on these and other UGA articles. If bring something worthwhile it’s all good. But if you’re an imbecile, such as “Saban,” just know you’re dismissed as the idiot that you are because of what you have written. I have never given one nano-second of thought to even looking for an article about your team, much less post on one. I simply do not care at all about your team.

slydog

September 29th, 2011
7:57 pm

So what happened when Aaron Murray’s helmet came off last week? Did he have too many naps in his hair? You people’s subconscious racial bias is pathetic. And watch the denials to follow.

ARdawg

September 29th, 2011
7:58 pm

Crowell is getting a lot of trash talking too. Let him talk as long as he backs it up

USAF DAWG!

September 29th, 2011
8:01 pm

Sly Dog

Good Point

RaleighDawg

September 29th, 2011
8:01 pm

Telecommunications ? Does that mean he learned how to use a phone ? And htis qualifies him for the “athletic” Heisman ? I am so over the mickey-mouse degrees that these “student” atheletes pursue..is anyone other than “student” atheletes major in Communications, Housing, or Consumer Economics ? And in the meantime, kids graduating with AP degress, 3.8 GPAs and 1400 SAT scores are rejected by UGA. Let’s quit kidding ourselves and officially make they “student” atheletes pros.

angry mangy mutt

September 29th, 2011
8:02 pm

The kid has the talent and the OL seem to have more confidence in him than they have had in any other back who has touched the ball in the last couple of seasons.

George P. Burdell

September 29th, 2011
8:03 pm

GTBob
September 29th, 2011
7:33 pm

“Maybe playing police sirens on the loud speakers during his plays would help.”

In that case, he should be playing at Grant Field.

slydog

September 29th, 2011
8:04 pm

George P. Burdell

LMAO, that’s right on point.

PowerDawg

September 29th, 2011
8:05 pm

Chip-
I am officially requesting you ban “SABAN” from further input on this blog. His threatening messages about injuring a player are unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

Oh NO BOBO - you are doing better.

September 29th, 2011
8:06 pm

GATA,

I like the anonymous posting, but it would be nice if the ajc would include a link that shows all the other names we have posted under. I know some of these freaks like to use a dozen names. I have changed mine a couple of times, but grief, some of these people are children in.

Power Puff Dawgs

September 29th, 2011
8:07 pm

I’m the Pink One!

angry mangy mutt

September 29th, 2011
8:10 pm

RaleighDawg-

I think we can both agree that there are other degrees much more of a joke than telecommunications. You do have a point though. It is on par with majoring in journalism or psychology. Not that there is not some degree of effort needed there, but when every other person seems to hold a particular degree, it is hard to take degree too seriously. Then again, if it interests one and one wants a future in it, go for it.

MarineDog

September 29th, 2011
8:11 pm

@Babe Ruth,

“If he was really confident, he’d point to where he’s gonna cross the goal line before the snap”.

Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

USAF DAWG!

September 29th, 2011
8:12 pm

Oh NO BOBO – you are doing better.

I will be straight up with you. I read these blogs all the time and never post anything. However, when you begin to make idiotic comments about a kids hair and directly relate that to a kids helmet staying attatched to his head, I have to say something. Leave these kids alone, stop attacking their ethinic background, and let them play football and enjoy there college career.

ScoutDawg

September 29th, 2011
8:20 pm

You’re all idiots, Raleigh, Mutt, a UGA mass comm (journalism- print or broadcast) degree is one of the best in the country. Please stop posting as DAWG fans, you make us all look stupid. Like we are from Alabama or something.

Oh NO BOBO - you are doing better.

September 29th, 2011
8:21 pm

slydog and USAF DAWG! <- Same person and likely have shown their race due their incredible insecurity over supposed racial issues that nobody else has made a big deal about.

ScoutDawg

September 29th, 2011
8:22 pm

Just what is an AP degress? Is that something to clean your engine?

ScoutDawg

September 29th, 2011
8:24 pm

And what is an Athelete, anyone who can’t spell athlete really needs to STFU.

Alabamian

September 29th, 2011
8:24 pm

Oh well, we’ll always have Mississippi to look down on… ;-)