Notebook: Isaiah Crowell’s availability remains uncertain

ATHENS – The saga that is Georgia’s tailback situation continued on Wednesday as coach Mark Richt would not concede that either Isaiah Crowell or Carlton Thomas will be available to play against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Richt met with the media for the final time this week before Wednesday’s late-afternoon practice. He said that Crowell still hasn’t gotten clearance from trainer Ron Courson to return from a sprained ankle the limited him to two carries against Kentucky this past Saturday. Richt said it would come down to how much work Crowell would be able to get in against the scout team Wednesday and Thursday.

“It’s very similar to what we did with Malcolm Mitchell and his hamstring,” Richt said. “We’re just trying to get him as ready to go as we can without putting him in a competitive situation. The most important part is the scout work, the game plan and simulated work. So we’ll see how much work he gets.”

Meanwhile, Richt remained cryptic regarding Thomas, who served his third one-game suspension of the season this past Saturday. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do there,” he said, quickly changing the subject.

For what it’s worth, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Tuesday he expects both players to play. In the meantime, Brandon Harton and Ken Malcome are getting a lot of work in practice.

Regardless, not knowing who is going to the primary ball-carrier each week has become an issue for the Bulldogs.

“It’s been a pain in the rear this year, no doubt,” Richt said. “But there has been different reasons for all this. In football, whether it’s injuries or suspensions, guys end up not being there and other guys have to step in to play. So you just play who you’ve got to play.”

Shout out to Marshall?

It’s no secret that Georgia is in hot pursuit of Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., the consensus No. 1 running back prospect in America. Marshall lists the Bulldogs among his favorites and is scheduled to make his college choice on Dec. 6. Richt seemed to be talking to Marshall directly when he spoke of Georgia’s need for more tailbacks on Wednesday.

“There’s a tremendous opportunity at the University of Georgia for running backs in this class to come to Georgia and make a big impact,” Richt said. “I hope that’s not breaking a rule, but there’s tremendous opportunity, I can say that. If I was a running back, if I was a great running back, I would want to come to Georgia. I would be so excited about my opportunity at Georgia.”

The message reached Marshall. He retweeted Richt’s comments after they were circulated on Twitter by reporters.

Geathers close to ready

Noseguard Kwame Geathers is practicing this week and expects to play Saturday against Georgia Tech. He missed last Saturday’s game with a sprained right ankle.

“It still hurts a little bit but they’re going to keep working on it,” said the 6-foot-6, 350-pound Geathers. “It’s the time of the season where everybody’s hurt. You just have to play through it.”

Geathers started three games this season and splits time with John Jenkins at position.

Thanksgiving plans

Georgia’s players will be cut loose for the Thanksgiving holiday at 11 a.m. Thursday after a morning practice. The players that live close enough will head home and those that live far away will either accompany teammates home or attend assistant coach Rodney Garner’s annual Thanksgiving extravaganza at his home in Oconee County.

The Bulldogs’ defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator has been hosting displaced players on Thanksgiving ever since he came to Georgia in 1998 and before that when he was at other schools.

“It’s just a traditional thing now,” Garner said. “I hated eating in the dorm on Thanksgiving when I was at Auburn.”I thought it was the worst thing that ever happened. Being from the country, I didn’t think it was fair that we had to eat cafeteria food. So when I got into coaching I just decided I was going to make sure those guys had home-cooked food.”

They said it

“You could go 11-0 but if you lose to Georgia Tech it’s not going to be a good season. You could see that in 2008. A lot of people would say going 10-3 and winning the Capital One Bowl was a successful season for a program. But that loss to Tech really ruined that season and left a sour note in everybody’s mouth.”
– Senior tight end Aron White

Etc. . . .

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was among 29 nominees for the Frank Broyles Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. . . . The Bulldogs were practicing in full pads both Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for the Yellow Jackets’ triple option. . . . Players plan to visit patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and The Shepherd Center on Friday afternoon.

204 comments Add your comment

doodoobailey

November 23rd, 2011
4:52 pm

doodoobailey

November 23rd, 2011
4:52 pm

COOL, WHAT DO I WIN??? Starting RB job?

doodoobailey

November 23rd, 2011
4:55 pm

“It’s the time of the season where everybody’s hurt. You just have to play through it.”

Unless your Crowell and the whole season/team is depending on you. Just saying.

dawg girl

November 23rd, 2011
5:07 pm

Does anyone really think it was a real Georgia fan, named BUBBA, that called and barked on the phone to CPJ? If you truly believe that you are insane! I know it was a tech fan making fun of Georgia fans and I could almost bet that CPJ set it up.

Bill W.

November 23rd, 2011
5:09 pm

Chip, I think Crowell plays but in limited action.

Also, the Dawgs really do need to get another RB. My gut tells me that Crowell won’t be back next season whether it be academically or whatever.

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 23rd, 2011
5:13 pm

I could care less if we started Branden Smith at RB as long as we win,

Oracle of the SEC

November 23rd, 2011
5:15 pm

Keith Marshall—you are needed in Athens and it is painfully obvious. Obviously you will get a lot of playing time as a freshmen. Athens is the greatest college town in the South. Come prepared to work hard, play hard, and leave well-prepared for the NFL with a degree and a campus community you will be proud to call home.

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 23rd, 2011
5:16 pm

Crowell wont be back?That’s crazy…I never understand it when fans seem to be more concerned with a guy’s stats than the team winning.What would you rather have…IC rushing for 2000 yds and we go 8-4?

OkieDawg

November 23rd, 2011
5:17 pm

CPJ is one impressive guy. Why would a guy making a couple million dollars a year feel compelled to call out hard working Americans and mentally challenged people? His intelligence and good looks are exceeded only by his arrogance. GT and CPJ deserve each other.

dawggirl

November 23rd, 2011
5:22 pm

Nice article, Chip. Chock-full of stuff. I don’t care who plays as long as we win also.

Dawg48

November 23rd, 2011
5:43 pm

Why do people think that crow ell want be back next season? Don’t get it.

Rodney Hampton

November 23rd, 2011
5:47 pm

The reason people don’t think he will be back is (1) grades & (2) lack of heart.

Dawg48

November 23rd, 2011
5:50 pm

Rodney
Are you one of them?

Rodney Hampton

November 23rd, 2011
5:54 pm

Remarkable

November 23rd, 2011
5:58 pm

Keith Marshall we need you here at Tail-back U.

richmondDawg

November 23rd, 2011
5:58 pm

None of these Crowell bashers seem to remember that Lattimore was hurt and missed a ton of playing time at the end of last season. You can’t run a freshman back like a rented mule in the SEC and expect them not to get banged up. And remember, if Ealey and King had done what they were supposed to do both on and off the field, IC wouldn’t have to carry so much of the load this season. Also like to give a shout out to Tide Roll….Greg Pyke was ranked ahead of Brandon Greene in the 247 OL recruiting rankings, so if Pike is just Terrible, what does that make your star OL recruit?

Dawg48

November 23rd, 2011
6:00 pm

Do you know him personally?
If not how can you be a judge of his character?
People the kid is still a teenager come on he is not mature yet!
Kids make mistakes people make mistakes we all have and do!
I think it’s sad how people come on hear and are so upset that a kid messed up and missed a game or got hurt and you bash him cause your team did not play as well, and that shrinks your manhood!

D. Nigh All

November 23rd, 2011
6:00 pm

Crowell will start and run for 200+ yards averaging 8+ yards per carry against a below average nerd defense. Thomas will be there suited out for Tech but will see little playing time. He will get to use his last year of eligibility at a Division II school.

epic quibble

November 23rd, 2011
6:00 pm

Isaiah Crowell: The Jasper Sanks of the New Millenium™

There is no woofing way he makes it past next season.
Book it, done.

Dawg48

November 23rd, 2011
6:02 pm

People crowell or any of these kids do not owe you any thing!

Idiot Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
6:04 pm

Isaida Cropwell will be back and he will be fine. Can U remember when you were 18? I could just bare tie my flip flops.

0ld timer

November 23rd, 2011
6:04 pm

Dawg48

November 23rd, 2011
6:05 pm

Richmond Dawg
Right on my man!

0ld timer

November 23rd, 2011
6:07 pm

I was referring to Rodney Hampton’s comment.Not tying my shoes.

I Say Huh?

November 23rd, 2011
6:21 pm

Don’t y’all worry about my grades. I got me an Urkel though he does look funny in dreds.

jack bull

November 23rd, 2011
6:37 pm

The Dawgs are only as good as the sporadic Murray is on that particular day.

Crowell will play,,albeit sparingly. Look for Malcome to get 15-20 carries.

SD Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
6:47 pm

Amen OkieDawg. If CPJ were our coach, the Tech fans would be RAILING on him non-stop.

Richard

November 23rd, 2011
6:51 pm

Richt being cryptic on Carlton sounds like a NCAA issue the University is looking into? Hope not and hope it doesn’t affect the games already played.

Salty Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
6:53 pm

Crowell will be fine,first year running back in the SEC it happens.We need to get the two backs out of Carolina to sign and we will be in great shape next year.The DAWGS will show CPJ how overrated the SEC is.This year we will win as usual but I think that Granthams boys are going to strangle Tech and Murray is going to light that weak defense up…….

Sam

November 23rd, 2011
7:03 pm

Amazing video of a high school senior from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team. Wants to go to GT

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

NORRIS

November 23rd, 2011
7:12 pm

Dawgpost says crowell and thomas are playing…

BufordTDawg

November 23rd, 2011
7:20 pm

Richt is just waiting to see how Crowell is feeling before he decides on Carlton’s suspension. If Crowell is still hurting, you better believe that the suspension will be lifted. Richt needs to win this game and won’t have anyone suspended unless they get a DUI this week.

mike w. on lake hartwell

November 23rd, 2011
7:20 pm

Just GATA and don’t worry about any of the bull. GO DAWGS!

Ga Dawgs

November 23rd, 2011
7:21 pm

What did U people expect from a 18 year old kid straight out of high school? It’s like you people don’t even follow this program!
#1 He is a true freshman
#2 The whole team spent the summer working out with Joe T….Crowell didn’t! He is not conditioned the way the others are….that’s why he takes himself out! Even Crowell’s high school coach said this before the season started.
#3 He only knows 60% of the playbook….It was said early in the year from Richt that Murray would have to line him up most of the time.
#4 He is not Hershel Walker nor will there be another Hershel walker!!!!
#5 Latimore stayed hurt, and missed games from injury last year
#6 Could any of us do better!!!???

I for one think he is a very talented kid! I think he is doing a great job!

Go DAWGS!

CHDawg

November 23rd, 2011
7:33 pm

I’m hoping this is the weekend for Malcome to break out, getting 100+, but we’ll see. If we can win by a nice margin, it would be nice to rest IC for next week, getting 100+ for Harton, too. IC is going to be fine. It will actually get a lot easier for him as he gets more time under his belt. Most kids come in under the radar, concentrate on their schoolwork in their first semester away from home and practice fairly low profile football. IC was thrown into everything at high speed and in all sectors. I think that will help him a lot in the next couple of years.

NORRIS

November 23rd, 2011
7:33 pm

dawgpost says they are playing. bottom line

Dawg48

November 23rd, 2011
7:36 pm

Norris do you have a link?

Pago Pago DAWG

November 23rd, 2011
7:38 pm

We need Marshall to replace the great ic.

ty webb

November 23rd, 2011
7:41 pm

how ’bout a photo from inside Bobby Dodd stadium 45 minutes before kickoff?

NORRIS

November 23rd, 2011
7:47 pm

Dawg48

November 23rd, 2011
7:52 pm

Cj

November 23rd, 2011
7:58 pm

My gosh people are bashing I.C. Look this kid is very talented. What would the season be without him. Maybe 5-5. Wasn’t it cmr who wanted this kid so bad. It was also all of dawg nation. Every since this kid signed people have been trying to bash this kid. Some said he was dumb, but guess what he qualified for college his jr year of high school. Some said he is not a good rb but 800 yards in the SEC as a freshman ain’t bad. Lay off this kid, most people that are one here are no where near the athlete this kid is.

SatchelBuzz

November 23rd, 2011
8:06 pm

Hope he plays.

THWG!!!

Niceville Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
8:27 pm

Cj,I’ve never heard anyone questioning the kid’s intelligence or talent level.It’s his heart,his attitude,his look of complete indifference on the sideline.He actually looks like he doesn’t want to play.

Mobile Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
8:28 pm

How is the Marshall kid, character, grade wise? Anyone have any good accurate info? I’m not sold on Crowell, doesn’t sound like the staff is either if they are going after him that hard. Just reading between the lines.

DILLIGAF

November 23rd, 2011
8:36 pm

Ga dawgs, CHDawg and Cj,

Good points, I agree one hundred percent.

Don’t forget that Crowell was the consensus number one ranked back in the country. UGA recruited him hard and convinced him to enroll at UGA.
He’s a talented, passionate player that lays it on the line every play. That’s evident by the passion that he displays. He’s a freshman trying to navigate his way through the massive workload thats been place don his shoulders. He realizes the expectations that have placed upon him and I’m sure that he is disappointed in his setbacks and you have to believe that he wants to contribute to his team’s success. That being said, I hope that he gets healthy for the SECCG, I don’t really think that he needs to try and come back too early for the Tech game, don’t think that he is needed.

I hope that Richard Samuel makes it back for the SECCG and if he does, I hope that he has a great game and experience. Richard is Damn Good Dawg. This kid has kept his head down, his nose clean and has done everything that this coaching staff has asked of him. I think that he would rather be playing linebacker than toting the rock but he is sacrificing for his team, sacrifice to the point of risking future dividends by comprimising his value in the NFL draft if that is his aspirations.

Niceville Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
8:44 pm

Mobile Dawg,from what I’ve read he’s above average grade wise,not spectacular,but won’t have a problem qualifying.Everyone says he’s a great kid character-wise,but with our track record…..who knows?

Dawg48

November 23rd, 2011
8:44 pm

Mobile dawg
He wants to enrole in January, he likes noter dame for academics.
He does not seem to be the flashy kind looking for the camera, if you get what i meen.

PowerDawg

November 23rd, 2011
8:48 pm

If Isaiah Crowell doesn’t tape up his ankle and play Saturday, then he need s to pack up his stuff and find him another school to go play for. This never being able to play more than a few plays before coming out junk is pure bunk! Plus, all these minor bumps and bruises keeping him on the sideline is a bunch of bull crap, too. This modus operandi is now officially unacceptable.

This kid has all the talent in the world and absolutely no heart.

Mr. Marshall…if you have half the talent the experts say you do but possess the heart of a lion, we want you.

And we need you.

Mobile Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
8:51 pm

Thanks for the info, I hope he commits. That in itself “should” light a fire under IC.