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Isaiah Crowell named Georgia RB starter

Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:24 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:49 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Anyone who was paying attention knew it was inevitable sooner or later. As it turns out, Isaiah Crowell's acsension to Georgia's starting running back position wound up coming "sooner."

Mark Richt confirmed tuesday that Crowell would take over as the Bulldogs' No. 1 tailback, thanks to a combination of his performance against South Carolina and an injury to previous starter Richard Samuel. Crowell had 118 yards rushing and 40 more receiving, averaging a robust 8.8 yards per touch.

"I think he's a special back," Richt said. “As the (South Carolina) game was going on I thought he was running well, but when I looked at the film he made great runs."

Which is why Crowell likely would have jumped to the No. 1 spot even without Samuel's injury. But it no doubt made Richt's decision a little easier that Samuel is "kind of hobbled" by a heel contusion, Richt said. Despite being the nomianl starter, Samuel is only the team's third-leading rusher, having averged only 3.1 yards on his 18 carries.

Samuel is expected to receive limited practice time this week, and if he can't go against Bulldog Week 3 opponent Coastal Carolina, junior Carlton Thomas is expected to be Crowell's top backup. Redshirt freshman Ken Malcome may also get a look. (And if he doesn't, it won't be a very good sign at all for his future chances at contributing.)

But all eyes will be on the five-star freshman Saturday. Not so much for the boost he might give his team against the FCS Chanticleers (who would still be overwhelmed even if the puppy from Crowell's Signing Day announcement was named the Dawgs' starting tailback), but to see if he can repeat his breakout performance against the Gamecocks--and confirm himsef as the playmaker who might be able to drag the Bulldogs to a successful season after all.

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Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:26 am

Isaiah Crowell named Georgia RB starter

I don't normally follow the Bulldogs, but I am as of this year. Great recruiting job by Mark Richt on getting this kid. However, I don't think Richt will be around long enough to this prospect play out his career at Georgia. If the Bulldogs don't get a New Years day bowl, Richt will be out. Sad too. Richt is a good person with great Southern values. Long tenure to go along with that. I hope Crowell can help bring Georgia back to the top of the SEC East in the standings, just to save Richt's job. Right now, the Bulldogs are the only team that has lost a game in that division. Tough, tough days ahead.....Good Luck Georgia, you're going to need it. SHWink

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:53 pm

Isaiah Crowell named Georgia RB starter

Man, I am hoping Ken Malcome gets his chance. This dude is a beast. Hes a big threat to crack the starting line up. I hope all UGA fans get a chance to see this kid.

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