UPDATE III: Georgia TB Isaiah Crowell dismissed after weapons arrest

Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell, who rushed for 850 yards as a freshman last season, was expected to start for the Bulldogs this fall.

Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell, who rushed for 850 yards as a freshman last season, was expected to start for the Bulldogs this fall. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

UPDATED: CROWELL DISMISSED FROM TEAM

ATHENS – Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell has been dismissed from the team following his arrest early Friday morning on three weapons charges.

Georgia coach Mark Richt made the announcement in  short news release sent out by UGA Sports Communications at 5 p.m. on Friday.

“We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season,” Richt said. “Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort.”

Crowell, a sophomore from Columbus, was booked at 3:37 a.m. on charges of possessing a concealed weapon, having a weapon in a school zone and having an altered ID mark on that weapon. His bond, originally set at $7,500, was raised to $9,500 late Friday morning. According to booking records, Crowell was released early Friday afternoon.

According to the police report, four other Georgia football players were also in Crowell’s vehicle, including three 2012 freshman signees. Those persons were outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons, wide receiver Blake Tibbs and defensive back Sheldon Dawson. Also present was sophomore defensive back Quintavius Harrow. None of the four were charged.

According to Athens-Clarke police spokesperson Hilda Sorrow, Crowell was arrested at a “vehicle check-point” — or road block — on East Campus Road at Green Street at 2:20 a.m. Friday. Officer Kathryn Thornton reported smelling the odor of marijuana in Crowell’s silver four-door 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. Crowell gave consent to search the vehicle, himself and four other  occupants. No marijuana was discovered but a black 9-mm Luger handgun with an altered serial number was found under the driver’s seat. Crowell was immediately arrested and taken to jail.

According to the police report, Crowell denied knowing the gun was in the car and said people drive the vehicle. He. The owner of the vehicle is listed as Crowell’s mother Debbie. The report also indicted that the five were coming from the  nightclub Aftermath, where Crowell said the smell of marijuana originated.

The police report also indicated that Crowell has no criminal history.

Crowell’s mother, Debbie, was clearly distressed when reached by telephone Friday. “I don’t want to talk to a reporter right now,” she said. “”If I want to talk to anybody it’s God.”

Crowell, who came to UGA in 2011 as the No. 1-rated running back prospect in America, was slated to start for the Bulldogs at tailback this season. He rushed for 850 yards and 5 touchdowns as a freshman despite missing playing time due to suspensions and injuries. He was benched for the first quarter of the Vanderbilt game on Oct. 15 as a punishment for an undisclosed disciplinary infraction and he was suspended for the Nov. 5 New Mexico State game, reportedly for failing a drug test.

With Crowell out of the fold, Georgia will turn to redshirt sophomore Ken Malcome and senior Richard Samuel to carry the load early on, along with junior Brandon Harton. The Bulldogs also signed Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C. — the top running back prospect in the country, according to 247Sports.com — and four-star prospect Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C., to play running back. Marshall enrolled in January.

Marshall and other running backs were offering support for Crowell via Twitter.

“Pray for Isaiah & that he will learn from his mistake,” wrote Marshall from @Truthh4.

Derrick Henry, a highly-touted running back prospect from Florida who once was committed to Georgia, also weighed in via his Twitter account, @KingHenry_2: “Pray for Crowell instead [of] bashing him . . . because everyone wasn’t raised the same. . . . So everyone should just pray he sees a better way”

More information to come when it’s available.

1,565 comments Add your comment

steve brule

June 29th, 2012
8:14 am

what a dingus

Billo

June 29th, 2012
8:15 am

Your time Keith!!!

no more chances

June 29th, 2012
8:17 am

Time to cut out the cancer.

Pat

June 29th, 2012
8:18 am

Good riddance. Wasted talent.

DIT

June 29th, 2012
8:19 am

Could not agree more. Time to cut him loose! What a shame, so much talent goes to waste!

C-Dawg

June 29th, 2012
8:19 am

I’m not bothered by this at all… we’ll be just fine without him.

Here we go again

June 29th, 2012
8:19 am

will this never end????????

jarvis jones

June 29th, 2012
8:19 am

I thought he was going to win the Heisman?

Techie

June 29th, 2012
8:20 am

He sounds like a dang good Dawg! WOOF WOOF

tempo

June 29th, 2012
8:20 am

And the beat goes on

jay

June 29th, 2012
8:20 am

Slick in Duluth

June 29th, 2012
8:21 am

He Will Be He & They Will Be They…we are a better team now.

Blbbulldawg

June 29th, 2012
8:21 am

By cancer I assume u mean mark richt? Hire Jon Gruden

Truth

June 29th, 2012
8:21 am

Well, at least Richt wont have to make the tough suspension decision. Adams will expel him. too bad this guy took someone elses spot on the team

Paul in East Lake

June 29th, 2012
8:21 am

It simply never ceases to amaze me.

C-Dawg

June 29th, 2012
8:22 am

2 things I’ll take from this… he will not win the Heisman… we will still beat Tech

C-Dawg

June 29th, 2012
8:22 am

But of course we all knew both of those before this morning

Nick Saban

June 29th, 2012
8:22 am

I tried to tell you Mark !

Dawgs4Ever

June 29th, 2012
8:23 am

Agreed. Keith Marshall will hopefully shine! Crowell was a huge disappointment last year. Maybe Marshall can run two plays in a row without taking himself out…

Marie

June 29th, 2012
8:23 am

I know I’ve said it before….I just don’t get it. How can these guys be so incredibly stupid???? Is it really that hard to do the right thing?

JW

June 29th, 2012
8:23 am

What an idiot!…And by idiot I mean Blbbulldawg!!!!!

Time after Time

June 29th, 2012
8:24 am

This happens so frequently, UGAg knows exactly how to deal with this. Sweep the dirt under the rug, and he’ll be starting next fall.

Dienlafin

June 29th, 2012
8:24 am

SEC freshman of the year, yea right. Everybody knows Clowney was. I’m dienlafin!!!!!!

RiverDawg

June 29th, 2012
8:25 am

What kind of weapon ? A pocketknife is one thing (no big deal to me, been carrying one since I was 5) and a firearm is another. Just stupidity on his part if it was a firearm (and the same can be said if UGA has a no knife policy as well). With all the extra eyes on the football team one would think these guys would be more cognizant of their actions. But alas we hope for and expect too much.

GeoffDawg

June 29th, 2012
8:25 am

Are we even fielding a team against Missouri anymore?

DIT

June 29th, 2012
8:25 am

Yea, y’all keep blaming Richt for a kids idiot decision making. Can’t pin this on Richt! Now, if he is not kicked off the team, then I will question Richt. Richt needs to make the announcement today that Crowell is kicked off the team.

Marie

June 29th, 2012
8:25 am

JW -you got that right!

Dawgs keep it real

June 29th, 2012
8:25 am

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Tony

June 29th, 2012
8:26 am

Less “Coach Richt” and more “Warden Richt.”

Steve

June 29th, 2012
8:26 am

To quote Neal Boortz, it is the “culture of violence” being continued on and on.

Mike

June 29th, 2012
8:27 am

I don’t see the big deal. It’s summer. It’s UGA. Isn’t this what always happens?

GDawg

June 29th, 2012
8:27 am

Gurley WILL take his place. I bet we get Henry recommitted now too.

BulldogJoe

June 29th, 2012
8:27 am

Go join your homeboy Mettenberger at LSU. A sexual assault/gun charge tandem in the backfield sounds unstoppable.

John Holmes

June 29th, 2012
8:27 am

exactly why our race will never come up too many dumb mistakes

Old Guy

June 29th, 2012
8:28 am

@RiverDawg I don’t think there would be a need to have an alternate ID on a pocket knife.

Hmmm.......

June 29th, 2012
8:28 am

Not sure if possessing a weapon is really enough for Richt to kick him off the team. Does anyone know exactly what an “altered ID mark” means? Fake ID or does it have something to do with the weapon itself?

Phil

June 29th, 2012
8:29 am

Just go ahead and award the Fulmer Cup to UGA permanently.

Bremen Dawg

June 29th, 2012
8:29 am

Hope charges are dropped but Richt may drop him after this then he will come back and play for another SEC team and be really good.

crowhoes

June 29th, 2012
8:29 am

CROW be keeping it REAL. #socrow

PerimeterCenterJacket

June 29th, 2012
8:29 am

So…he’s a “gun runner” then? He’s “gunnin’ ” for that Heisman bid? His improvements have been “right on target?” He’s got that extra “burst” up the middle, right? Well, don’t worry, the dawgs will just “reload.”

Ah, sorry, dawgs. Hate it for ya. Bad way to start the morning.

PR

June 29th, 2012
8:30 am

See ya… what a waste.

Go Dawgs!

Mr Spooky

June 29th, 2012
8:30 am

Crowell you idiot!!!! Thanks for nothing! you got handed a silver platter and you took a big, steaming dump on it!

Buh bye to the punk

June 29th, 2012
8:30 am

Is Crowell in his usual cell?

NC Dawg

June 29th, 2012
8:31 am

Stupid is as stupid does! Cut the dunce loose!

Steve

June 29th, 2012
8:31 am

Some of you are actually wondering whether this is enough to get him permanently booted? Really??

I dropped my fried twinkie

June 29th, 2012
8:31 am

bdawg

June 29th, 2012
8:31 am

And he goes off into oblivion, wasted talent and all.

jokurone

June 29th, 2012
8:32 am

This is totally unbelievable, just another bad apple continuing the tradition of stupidity. The only writing on the wall this guy will see will be the writing on the prison wall.

I dropped my fried twinkie

June 29th, 2012
8:32 am

Ealey, King & Crowell………..Richt can really pick NFL quality Running Backs.

Fairportfan

June 29th, 2012
8:32 am

A jock busted on felony charges.

What a surprise.