Isaiah Crowell chooses FCS school Alabama State over JUCO route

In a decision that will surely surprise some, ousted Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell has decided to transfer to Alabama State University.

Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow confirmed Crowell’s transfer in a phone conversation Thursday evening. He said the rising sophomore has already registered for classes at the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) school in Montgomery, Ala., and will begin classes on Monday. Pending the outcome of his court case on three weapons charges, Crowell will play football for the Hornets this fall.

“We’re going to show him how we do things and let him turn the page,” said Barlow, the Hornets’ coach since 2007. “We’re giving him an opportunity to start over.”

Crowell was dismissed by the Bulldogs this past Friday, just 13 hours after he was pulled over and arrested at a road block. He was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor after a 9-mm Luger handgun with a scratched-off serial number was found underneath the driver’s seat of the 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis he was driving. Crowell this week retained the services of high-profile Atlanta criminal defense lawyer Steve Sadow to represent him on those charges.

Barlow said Crowell’s legal troubles were taken into consideration and discussed at length among Alabama State administrators.

“The court system is the court system,” Barlow said. “That will be worked out over there [in Athens]. As far as us, he left Georgia in good academic standing. We know he’s a young man who has made some mistakes and has has learned from them and we’re going to give him a chance to restore his credibility.”

Crowell was Georgia’s leading rusher this past season with 850 yards and five touchdowns and was named SEC Freshman of the Year by The Associated Press. But he was twice suspended from games due to team policy infractions and was unable to play most of the last four games due to an ankle injury.

Barlow believes the Hornets are getting a very special player.

“Well, that’s an understatement,” said Barlow, a former NFL wide receiver. “If you’ve got eyes you’ve seen him. He can play. He’d be a great player on any level. We’ve had SEC players here before. It won’t be a walk in the park. But obviously he has some skills few others have.”

Barlow said there could be some unexpected good fortune in it for the Bulldogs. He said the last three times he has had players transfer to Alabama State from SEC schools, those schools went on to win national championships the coming season.

“That’s no lie,” he said of Alabama, Florida and Auburn. “I think there’s something to it. So tell the Bulldogs to be ready.”

NOTE: In other news Thursday, redshirt sophomore linebacker Brandon Burrows of Marietta has decided to transfer due to a lack of playing time or prospects at Georgia.

Burrows issued a statement through UGA.

“I came out of high school playing the defensive end position in a 4-3 defense which is what I truly love,” said Burrows, who was redshirted as a freshman in 2010 and missed the 2011 season due to a shoulder injury.”The coaching change here led to a 3-4 defense. I have worked with that transition but decided that I want to get back to playing defensive end. I think another program may give me the best opportunity to succeed at that. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity Coach Richt has given me at UGA and for the fact that he gave me an unconditional release. I know I’ll be hard-pressed to find a group of coaches and players that will develop into the leaders and friends that I have known here in Athens.”

Said coach Mark Richt: “Brandon is an outstanding person, student-athlete and has a wonderful family. We’ve enjoyed having him as part of our program and will provide whatever assistance we can in his transition. I am completely understanding of his decision and wish him nothing but the best.”

313 comments Add your comment

Tim dawg

July 5th, 2012
9:05 pm

First___________ Good Luck Crowell.

SEC Fact Finder

July 5th, 2012
9:07 pm

If IC does not change his personal associations and decide to grow up, it will not matter what school he attends. Good luck to the young man in restoring your life.

The Georgia Way

July 5th, 2012
9:10 pm

Rank’em early,….book’em late. That said, kudos to the ugag fan that responded to the Cornelius Washington tweet,….well said.

Bubba J.

July 5th, 2012
9:10 pm

Alabama State this year then Alabama or Auburn next year. Oh well. Good luck Isaiah. Stay in the gym instead of out trying to act hard for your buddies. I wish you nothing but the best though. As far as Burrows goes, good luck to him too. He seems like a good kid, too bad we couldn’t get him on the field. We are stocking up at LB though, I’m sure we’ll be alright. Go Dawgs!

Jackson State 404

July 5th, 2012
9:16 pm

We will give him the business this season. Most FBS running backs who come to the SWAC learn real quick that if your offensive line sucks then you want be much of a factor.

Mark (another one)

July 5th, 2012
9:18 pm

I wish them both well and hope they have successes in their future.

Barnhardy

July 5th, 2012
9:19 pm

Still time for a few more Dawg arrests this year. Lets break the record.

Disgusted

July 5th, 2012
9:21 pm

Ditto as far as wishing IC good luck, I hope he does not mess up anymore.

You are talking the next level if he can stay on the right course.

Same with Burrows, hope he finds a school he can play at.

ATLER ( Black Jacket )

July 5th, 2012
9:25 pm

Jackson State 404

July 5th, 2012
9:16 pm

We will give him the business this season. Most FBS running backs who come to the SWAC learn real quick that if your offensive line sucks then you want be much of a factor.

Hey Jackson State 404 it’s (won’t) not (want). Come on homie I went to a SWAC school too. They taught us better.

slimUGA

July 5th, 2012
9:25 pm

Ken Malcome bout to have a breakout season

Rooty Tooty

July 5th, 2012
9:26 pm

Like I said, every coach and school has a price. They all will sell their soul to the devil just to win. Is it worth it????

kdawg76

July 5th, 2012
9:27 pm

I think Burrows’ transfer leaves us with 70 scholarship players (excluding walk-ons who have been given scholarships). I do not agree with oversigning, but that amount of undersigning is roster management malpractice, and it is very likely to have a substantial impact. The good news is that it seems that the coaching staff finally realizes that it is a big problem.

Mobile Dawg

July 5th, 2012
9:31 pm

“The good news is that it seems that the coaching staff finally realizes that it is a big problem.”

A huge revelation after eleven years. This is becoming a “comical nightmare”.

Jackson State 404

July 5th, 2012
9:31 pm

@Atler..Man, please forgive me. lol. I “won’t” do that again. I’m watching People of Interest and I am not even paying attention to the little details. Thanks my fellow brother from the SWAC.

Beast from the East

July 5th, 2012
9:40 pm

kdawg76,
You’ll find out soon enough how tough it is to go into a season well under the scholarship limit. UF did it last year and the lack of depth was a killer when the injuries started to pile up. I don’t expect UGA to have as bad a season as UF did, but it could get ugly some with enough bad injuries.

GIVE ME A BREAK

July 5th, 2012
9:47 pm

IC should have to sit out a year.

William

July 5th, 2012
9:48 pm

Will the last one left please turn out the lights.

P. Bull Terrier

July 5th, 2012
9:52 pm

Sean Hacknehy @ 9:25 pm threw out the race bait. I wonder who will be the first to step up to the plate and take a swing at that softball he teed up for everyone. It looks tempting, but think before you swing.

Nate the Great

July 5th, 2012
9:52 pm

Good Luck IC!

Guys Marahall is the real deal!! Not Hershel but more Gale(sp?) Sayers-esque. Unreal vision, speed and CAN lay the lumber when needed. Our oline will be decent but he will make them look damn good!! Now if we can just field a secondary…

Oh yeah and NO MORE BONEHEADED OFF-FIELD MISTAKES!!!!!

girl

July 5th, 2012
9:54 pm

its a sad day to see brandon go :( he was such a sweet guy, and adorable! good luck brandon!

bucket

July 5th, 2012
9:55 pm

I am surprised by Crowell’s decision to go D2 as opposed to JUCO. He may still get a good look from the NFL provided he cleans his act up, but IMO the better route would have been to go JUCO for a year and then transfer to a BCS-caliber school for one year before going pro. Cam Newton proved that was the best route.

"Well, do you feel lucky....punk....?"

July 5th, 2012
10:12 pm

What size/kind of wheels did #1 have on the Merc? I gots to know!

doggone

July 5th, 2012
10:17 pm

Good riddance if you ever saw him play in high school

Cats hav fleas 2

July 5th, 2012
10:22 pm

Reefer sellers in Montgomery just got a raise. What a great town to go to straighten yourself out *sarcasm

nik

July 5th, 2012
10:23 pm

As an Alabama State University alum I’m satisfied with the choice. Crowell has a chance to turn around not only socially but also academically. To all other top notch players give HBCU’s like ASU a try!!!!!

Alphare

July 5th, 2012
10:24 pm

if Brandon Burrows is an Alabama player and decides to transfer, all UGA fans would be on Saban for player oversigning.

anon

July 5th, 2012
10:26 pm

He could wind up at Georgia State………Pen.

Alphare

July 5th, 2012
10:27 pm

Did the Alabama State coach line players up waiting for Crowell the missing piece, like coach Richt did when Crowell was visiting UGA?

RedPantsDawg

July 5th, 2012
10:30 pm

With as few players under scholarship how could Burrows not get playing time? At some point the continued undersigning is going to equal a full year’s signing class. Someone in Athens needs to get on the ball. This team need depth.

As for Crowell if he can beat the rap in Athens and stay out of trouble for a year I bet he either ends up at Auburn (if they money is right) or Alabama.

Dawg-Gawn

July 5th, 2012
10:35 pm

Crow, you made a smart decision Yo, now grind it Yo, all the way to the top! God’s smiling down on you!

Burrows, Thank you for taking the time to explain your transfer you’re one classy dawg, wish you would stay with the team but I understand about playing time. Best of Luck on your next team!

dawginduluth

July 5th, 2012
10:36 pm

This program is a wreck Richt is the driver. McGarity is dedicated to improving the program. BS.

Lasso

July 5th, 2012
10:36 pm

2 years at ASU then the NFL. Kid’s still gonna make millions.

unclesaltys.lighthouse

July 5th, 2012
10:47 pm

so he won’t have to serve any jail time for this?

tjhook

July 5th, 2012
10:56 pm

I hope the AJC chronicles Crowell’s efforts in the SWAC. He was a top recruit and this is a big move since he had success at Georgia in his first year. Will be interested to see if he will become more of a student of the game.

Sid

July 5th, 2012
10:58 pm

Do they call it a transfer athletically after you have been kicked off of a team?

Sid

July 5th, 2012
11:11 pm

Hey Isaiah, think of Dr Phil and read: “What were you thinking?”

flo-ri-duh

July 5th, 2012
11:12 pm

Turn the page – past history. Burrows was injured in high school and never really recovered – wish him the best. Crowell needs a change of attitude. Not everyone is out to get him. He brought this on himself. Still I wish him the best of luck. God is what he needs.

sting_em

July 5th, 2012
11:27 pm

Kudos to Richt for getting rid of this guy. More than likely, he will end up in the NFL making millions some day, however he will end up like 78 percent of the other NFL players that are bankrupt or in serious financial trouble.

GwinnettDad

July 5th, 2012
11:36 pm

In a logical world, CMR would have to be held accountable for recruiting dozens of young men with great potential that make stupid choices eventually revealing themselves to be spoiled brats. Such caliber players won’t ever win when it counts because they really don’t give a damn about anything else except the next lay or bong or drink. When it counts, they choke.

Dawg Fan

July 5th, 2012
11:40 pm

I hope this was a mistake… It should be: Alabama State Prison!

GwinnettDad

July 5th, 2012
11:42 pm

@Lasso – nah, I really doubt it. They hit a lot harder in the NFL than they do in the SEC. He went to D2 simply because he couldn’t play a full game without resting or recovering from a hit. Unless he toughens up, the only way he has a chance of winning millions is to rob a Brinks Armored Truck, which might have been what that revolver without a serial number was for.

Jason

July 5th, 2012
11:42 pm

ASU will play this year in a brand new on campus stadium. It’s a huge upgrade over the decaying city owned stadium they shared with four high schools. Don’t be surprised if ASU starts rising in the FCS ranks.

jc_dawg

July 5th, 2012
11:45 pm

I cannot help but be glad for Crowell. He needs to thank his lucky stars as he is yet again given another chance. I hate hearing about situations where a talented athlete just throws it all away. I wish him the best…but he needs to get his head on straight and not squander this opportunity!

hype

July 5th, 2012
11:48 pm

Awesome move!!!!! You folks don’t understand, he will fit in better socially at ASU, be an instant star and will be a 1st round draft pick in 2 years. Way to go IC!

jonk

July 5th, 2012
11:51 pm

Agreed with you there, Hype!

Milledgeville Dawg

July 5th, 2012
11:52 pm

Please look at your life and turn to CHRIST young man. Your plan is not working!!
Good luck!!

dawgone

July 5th, 2012
11:56 pm

Hear that if the football team performs poorly, that the soccer coach is as good as gone.

just sayin

July 6th, 2012
12:09 am

Doesn’t matter where he enrolls….unless they have on-line courses he will have access to in prison. Could it be another “Longest Yard” remake?

FATS OREILLY

July 6th, 2012
12:16 am

I don’t have any respect for Isaiah Crowell for throwing away a great opportunity at UGA,but I hope he mans up and puts this behind him and goes clean,for the sake of his family. Crowell has the keys to success and failure. It’s HIS call now.

Lamar

July 6th, 2012
12:24 am

DID HE SAY “CROWELL HAS MADE MISTAKES BUT HAS LEARNED FROM THEM”? Lets see, in trouble 2 times or 3 times his freshman year, and according to Crowell he had learned from them. NEWS FLASH!! HE DID NOT LEARN FROM THEM LAST YEAR, IF SO HE WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN INTO TROUBLE THE OTHER NIGHT! I personally don’t think the kid will ever learn! Hope I am wrong though, but I don’t think so! THE KID IS SPOILED!!