Isaiah Crowell ‘under weather’ for Georgia’s first practice in Tampa

TAMPA — Back at my room after Georgia’s first Outback Bowl practice. Will be posting some reports later this afternoon. For now, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Tailback Isaiah Crowell is “feeling under the weather,” according to coach Mark Richt, and was standing on the sidelines and not participating, at least for the open part of practice early on. His left ankle apparently is not an issue and he will be able to play in the game.
  2. Richt said Ken Malcome enters the week No. 1 on the tailback depth chart but that it’s “a highly competitive situation” with Richard Samuel (ankle) coming back and Crowell and Carlton Thomas healthy. “I hope Ken hangs on,” Richt said. “That’d be good for him.”
  3. Speaking of Samuel, he was practicing full speed and appeared pretty agile. Said he’s eager to get back on field after being sidelined since the last play of his impressive effort against Florida.
  4. Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell acknowledged there has been some kind of preliminary discussion about him possibly playing some cornerback next season. However, offense would still be his primary role.
  5. “If I think that it’ll help us win and he can function and do that, that’d be fine,” Richt said. “We have a few guys that play both ways but we try to have them focus on one position. If they have enough of a comfort level knowing what to do, we can begin to share a little bit. I wouldn’t be against it.” . . . Defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (ankle) didn’t practice but is expected to before game per Richt. . . . Linebacker Michael Gilliard worked out on side in green (non-contact) jersey but seemed confident he’d be able to go. Said he ran full speed on ankle escaping from a bull while “cow-tipping” in Valdosta over holiday. . . . Punter Drew Butler was full go after being sidelined with a left ankle injury for Georgia’s practices in Athens. Butler injured his non-punting foot while walking in slick, tuxedo shoes before UGA’s Senior Gala. . . . Georgia practiced in full pads under a light rain on the University of Tampa’s Rood Field at Pepin Stadium. It’s a soccer pitch they converted into a football field, complete with temporary goal posts. . . . Georgia is practicing under a huge banner that says “S-P-A-R-T-A-N-S.” That’s the mascot for Tampa. It also happens to be Michigan State’s team name. “I just saw that when we got off the bus,” Richt said.
This is the name in front of which the Bulldogs are practicing this week at the University of Tampa.

This is the name in front of which the Bulldogs are practicing this week at the University of Tampa.

Workers erecting temporary goal posts under menacing morning skies.

Workers erecting temporary goal posts under menacing morning skies.

The University of Tampa has won many a national soccer championship at Pepin Stadium.

The University of Tampa has won many a national soccer championship at Pepin Stadium.

An almost-healthy Richard Samuel was one of the first Bulldogs on the field for the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

An almost-healthy Richard Samuel was one of the first Bulldogs on the field for the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

267 comments Add your comment

Dawgbreath

December 27th, 2011
12:52 pm

Dawgbreath

December 27th, 2011
12:52 pm

Like having your name in the phonebook!

panhandledawg

December 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

CBB1

December 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!

Niceville Dawg

December 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

Imagine that……Crowell is on the sideline.HUGE surprise.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

Not good saying anything negative about Crowell. That stuff will start BLOG FIGHTS.

Lincoln County Dawg

December 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

Hope Crowell feels better.

I expect a big game from him next Monday, and an even better season in 2012. A full offseason and Spring Practice will do wonders for the young man.

VERY excited about this group of Dawgs!!

bulldogmaniac

December 27th, 2011
1:00 pm

Move over Russ….make room for IC in the dog house!
Will not surprise me if IC is not a Dog next year!

bruce mac

December 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

I am surprised you didn’t report that Crowell had bad breath also. Leave the friggin kid alone for goodness sake. What did he have for breakfast, did it cause gas? Come on man, grow up.

Stinger2

December 27th, 2011
1:11 pm

Sad that some UGA fans are so negative about one of their players. These people have no clue as to why he did not practice yet they continue to bad mouth him unmercifully. What if it was you kid. How would you feel?

KBP

December 27th, 2011
1:13 pm

What? Malcome Mithcell at cornerback? What? He’s not Champ Bailey and neither is Boykin. Let Mitchell get better at receiver and hopefully have a great sophomore season.

DIT

December 27th, 2011
1:13 pm

I agree with you Stinger2. For they have no clue!

Dawg Tired

December 27th, 2011
1:14 pm

Formal dress shoes are dangerous.

Brad

December 27th, 2011
1:18 pm

Looks like formal galas and cow-tipping will now have to be banned activities

RedandBlackDAWG

December 27th, 2011
1:18 pm

Crowell will play and I think he will play big in this bowl game. Next year. he will be in better shape and more mature. This has been a rough year on this kid, and people expected too much of him. He might have even been better off to red shirt, if circumstances had allowed. Marshal and he are going to do quite well together I believe. Add another running back, and we will have five guys that can carry the ball. Here is hoping we don’t need to depend on Thomas in the future.

GO DAWGS and GATA

trupert

December 27th, 2011
1:18 pm

Sounds like Ga will have all hands on deck as far as running back is concerned, too bad for Sparty.

Get well soon Isiah. I can’t wait for this game. It’s going to be good to see the offense finally healthy.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 27th, 2011
1:19 pm

Will there be much to report until the Sat. before the game? We are jonesing for our last bit of college football. We will get some good and some bad stories, but we will eat it up because it is all we will have until the good stuff in late August.

Inlet Dawg

December 27th, 2011
1:20 pm

I hope those weren’t my cows he was tipping!!!!

A person SMART enough to know......

December 27th, 2011
1:21 pm

4:30 is the next football game then 8 pm for the next bowl game.
Anybody going to watch UGA v Winthrop at 7 on CSS?

What else is new?

December 27th, 2011
1:22 pm

Crowell on the sidelines? Say it ain’t so! This guy is a real piece of work; God I hope Gurley signs with us and we can fast track Crowell to Jacksonville State with Ealey and they can screw off together!

Inlet Dawg

December 27th, 2011
1:22 pm

Oh yeah Bo Bo with that many running backs,how about run the ball and control the game and let a rested defense do their job.

Champ Bailey 2.0? | Get The Picture

December 27th, 2011
1:24 pm

[...] a little surprised that the coaches are willing to consider this… Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell acknowledged there has been some kind of preliminary [...]

B-truth)

December 27th, 2011
1:25 pm

All the uga fans that hate on crowell, needs to be careful and needs to just shut up!
Why, because without him in the future, UGA goes no where. Isaiah is one of those types of players who they call an X-factor and Game Changer. This guy had some issues this year and instead of supporting him, 90% of bulldawg supports were killing this kid!!!! I agree he def needs to be punished and he was!!! So shut up about him cause he is the Future Of UGA FOOTBALL and they are not a BCS contender without him. Its was his first year and he learned alot and he will get his 1000 yards this year or pretty dang close!!! I love our new recruit Keith Marshall, but when these guys compete in the spring it will be no comparison. Isaiah will show this guy a thing or two and maybe Keith Marshall will show him a thing or two off the field!!! They will be a great 1-2 punch but Crowell is the future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go nowhere without him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JB

December 27th, 2011
1:27 pm

Word from family near Lansing is MSU wants this game real bad because of the SEC diss thing. They are ready to prove their worth to the college football world. I hope Dawgs are focused. They have a pretty good team.

LakeDawg

December 27th, 2011
1:28 pm

A Samuel-Malcombe backfield sounds good to me. IC might even rip off a few runs as long as he doesn’t have to carry the burden of being counted on.

LakeDawg

December 27th, 2011
1:30 pm

MSU will definitely be focused and this is their best team in decades. UGA better be ready.

AltamahaDawg

December 27th, 2011
1:30 pm

We would not be getting any reports from Tampa, without him.

B-truth)

December 27th, 2011
1:32 pm

Are u people serious???? Excited to to have Malcome and Samuel in the backfield, those guys would be luck to get playing time at Kentucky!! I love those guys but not in the starting line-up!!! Uga has no Chance is Crowell doesnt get 20 carries on monday!!!

LakeDawg

December 27th, 2011
1:37 pm

B-truth)

We don’t need superstars to make the offense go. Just big, hard-running, backs. I’d love for IC to get 20 carries, but at this point, I don’t think he would give us 20 carries, before he took himself out of the game.

AltamahaDawg

December 27th, 2011
1:37 pm

I think that had been the plan, till they had to invent some sort of a running game the last few games. Bigger guys doing the heavy lifting, then bringing in the freshman to rip off a few big runs.

7576DAWG

December 27th, 2011
1:43 pm

Mitchell was a very good defensive back in high school and I think I read that was his natural position before he was tried at receiver because of his quick burst of speed and was so successful was left there and he played both way’s. If Grantham think’s he can help that much I’m all for him getting some playing time on defense.

AltamahaDawg

December 27th, 2011
1:46 pm

The problem was that Malcome didn’t decide to actualy be a part of the team till a few weeks ago, and it took Samual a while to remember how to run downhill. But just Based on production and results, we are much better off with a healthy Crowell and Thomas.

(and obviously way better off with everybody on board)

B-truth)

December 27th, 2011
1:47 pm

Just saying we cannot beat MSU if Samuel and Malcome are getting the majority of snaps. Samuel is not a running back, his best game was against UF and how many yards did he have??? Im just saying UGA will not Beat MSU with those 2 running backs! MSU front 4 can handle Malcome and Samuel, what does that mean, that means Aaron Murray will have no passing game!!!!

GTBob

December 27th, 2011
1:47 pm

MSU will definitely be focused and this is their best team in decades. UGA better be ready.

Mich St got supremely shafted by getting the Outback Bowl and they won’t have many fans there. They aren’t going to care at all about this game. See Mich St’s bowl game from last year if you want a preview. UGA should win by two touchdowns or more.

Russ Barker

December 27th, 2011
1:49 pm

We seem to get more players hurt from scooters and tux shoes than from on-field injuries!

Since Coach Bobo seems to get super-conservative in bowl games, I hope that all of the backs are healthy and our NFL-sized line figures out how to run block consistently! The only way Murray even throws 30 passes in the game is if the Spartans are 10 points or more up on us by halftime. IF we can move the ball on the ground, at least 3 TBs should get enough carries…. and the fullbacks will combine for 1 carry or less. Unfortunately, our talented group of Mitchell, Charles, T. King, Bennett, Conley, Brown and White may combine for about 15-17 catches due to our conservatism. A wide-open, “foot on the gas pedal” offense would be more fun to watch, but is very unlikely to happen unless we are way behind. ……GO DAWGS!!

Jimmy

December 27th, 2011
1:52 pm

I don’t think most players care what the fans think of them, especially the ones that post on a blog. I think they probably laugh at most of the crap typed on these things, that’s if someone tells them what’s posted in the first place.

Most of the athletes know that they will be cheered if they do well and the team wins, and boo’d if they don’t.

old dog

December 27th, 2011
1:52 pm

Btruth)
Gotta get real, man. I.C. will be pattin’ his head so fast during the bowl game folks will think the snare-drums in the band started early. Give the guys who want to play and who will pay the price the chance. If there were goal-posts on the sidelines, I.C. would have broken all scoring records with his patented sideline dash. I do think he will adjust next year, but he has a long way to go with his attitude and character (or lack-thereof) issues. Malcome and Samuel in the same backfield will be great. Maybe Crowell can watch players with perhaps less ability but more desire make it happen and take a valuable lesson into next year.

AltamahaDawg

December 27th, 2011
1:56 pm

Crowell averaged almost 20 with some dings. Why would he not do that now, healthy and rested?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

December 27th, 2011
1:56 pm

“Butler injured his non-punting foot while walking in slick, tuxedo shoes before UGA’s Senior Gala. . . .” No matter what kind of shoes you wear in a barn it can be slippery because of the animals. I don’t think Coach should have let our punter go to the Senior Gala where the risk of injury is so severe.

Josh Smith for 3

December 27th, 2011
1:59 pm

Although I think Crowell will gain a little maturity in the offseason, he had better make sure he doesn’t succumb to merely feeling under the weather by the time next year rolls around. Richt is a great guy and cares about his players, but Crowell will plummet on the depth chart if he can’t exhibit toughness. With all running backs returning, along with the early arrival of Keith Marshall, Crowell doesn’t have much room to mess around.

Get a Life

December 27th, 2011
2:03 pm

Could the writers at the AJC please find something else to write about besides Isaiah Crowell. We get it …….the kid has had some problems adjusting to college life/ football. Please keep in mind he is just a kid. If I went crazy everytime my 18 year old son did something stupid, I would be in a mental hosptial. Give the kid a chance!!!! Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!

Evansdawg

December 27th, 2011
2:03 pm

Stinger2 actually has a good point! Crowell is a young kid and has a family. We have NO IDEA why he is sidelined. He could have a fever and fears spreading any illness to his teammates, which would be worse! He could have ANYTHING imaginable. He’s a kid, he makes mistakes (so do all of you), but the fact is that he lead the team in rushing and only played about half the time. He’s got skills! Better to let him mature and see where the cards land. LEAVE HIM ALONE.

old dog

December 27th, 2011
2:04 pm

AltamahaDawg,
Watch and learn…..haulin’butt after contact and bad attitudes (talking smack after a run on a high-school-caliber defense) are just a few things that he needs to adjust. Watch Samuels and Malcome, learn what desire is and be ready when the team needs you. If you want this kid to succeed he needs to learn humility, determination, and desire. Talent carries you only so far. And remember, lots of those yards came at garbage time! (Not all, but many!) He (hopefully) will learn. But he hasn’t showed any improvement so far. He came in heralded, got some yards, but wasn’t there when it counted. Forget the ankle injury…his need for a learning curve showed up way before that injury!

Joe

December 27th, 2011
2:07 pm

“Why, because without him in the future, UGA goes no where. Isaiah is one of those types of players who they call an X-factor and Game Changer.”

How can someone who is always on the sidelines, for whatever reason, be an X-factor or a game changer. It’s always something with this kid. As for UGA going nowhere without Crowell? Please, UGA was playing football for more than a hundred years before Crowell was even born. UGA will still be playing football long after he is dead and gone.

how2fish

December 27th, 2011
2:09 pm

Glad to see that Boo and Richard Samuel will get to play….we will need some beef to soften a very good Spartan defense…

DIT

December 27th, 2011
2:13 pm

Just my opinion, but I think this game needs to be a statement game for each team going into next year on where they will stand in the pecking order in their respective league. This is not going to be an easy win for either team (well unless Bobo decides to go conservative all game long)
If Dawgs run for over 200 yards as a team they win. If not Sparty wins.
Murray needs this game more than any other Dawg on that field. It’s true, he has yet to beat a good team in 2 years. He needs this game. If he can come out like he did against Auburn and we run for 200 plus yards it will be fun to watch.
Too bad that there has been no consistancy in both areas in our offense. Let’s hope Monday they can put a full game together.
Go Dawgs!

AltamahaDawg

December 27th, 2011
2:13 pm

Watch and learn? what?

Malcome QUIT the team this year. If he starts paying for his keep in this game he is 2 years in debt behind Crowell. Samual is a DGD, but as a RB, he is a LB, except for about 1 quarter this year.

NEITHER one of those guys are in Tampa right now, without Crowell.

Your agenda getting old. We get it, Crowell needs to mature. Yea, As all of us have said, ad nauseum.

Evansdawg

December 27th, 2011
2:15 pm

how2fish, you are so right! We have GOT to establish the run and control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Mich State looks like a mirror image of South Carolina to me, and it will be a good test to see where he stand and where we need to focus for next season.

Crowell has the skills to be a game-changer but we are not doomed without him. I’d like to see him step-up and come out fiesty next week to at least calm some of the animosity against him. He brought it on himself, but hopefully he can learn and focus on competition and getting better. One good sign is that his grades were good enough to play in the bowl…so he is doing something right. Lets give the kid a break and hope he can run wild versus a very solid Spartan team.

DIT

December 27th, 2011
2:18 pm

@Joe, you are correct one person does not win ballgames, but IC could be a big boost for UGA if he can play up to his potential.(potential is the key word there)
Personally I think he will next year and he could help make a difference. Now there will be 4 top running back going for the #1 running back in. Samuel, Malcome, IC & Marshall. This competition will make each one of them better.
People need to lay off IC. He is an 18 year old KID! There is not one person on here that can make a claim that they thought clearly as an 18 year old. Now, I’m not making excuses for IC for he needs to get with the program no doubt, but for adults slamming an 18 year old KID…… That’s clueless and uncalled for.
Just saying

how2fish

December 27th, 2011
2:20 pm

@Evansdawg well said, we need the big backs but we won’t be able to just ram the ball down Mich St’s throat. They were perhaps the best defense in the Big whatever and have pretty much shut down one dimensional running attacks. However we can use the big men and IC to keep them off balanced and use play action to get the ball to OC, Mitchell, White etc.