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Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 3:12 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Ever dreamed of toting the rock for the Georgia Bulldogs, random UGA student? Now may be your chance.

In the space of one afternoon, the Bulldogs have lost four scholarship tailbacks for this Saturday's game against New Mexico State. Starter Isaiah Crowell and backups Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome have all been suspended for one game for a violation of team rules, the program has announced.

But even that's not the worst news of the day from the Bulldog tailback perspective. Mark Richt announced earlier Tuesday that Richard Samuel, Crowell's immediate backup and the Dawgs' initial 2011 starter, underwent surgery on his ankle Tuesday morning and will miss the remaining four games of the regular season.

Samuel scored the winning touchdown against Florida last Saturday in the junior's career highlight to date, then was injured in the game's closing moments.

"We don't know exactly when he'll be back, but it obviously won't be anytime soon," Richt said. ""Richard really had probably his finest performance, in a really big game. For it to happen on the last play is just sad for him."

With all the absences, the tailback job will likely fall to redshirt sophomore Brandon Harton, a former walk-on who received a scholarship this fall. Harton has 11 carries for 33 yards this season, all against Coastal Carolina. Another former walk-on, senior Wes Van Dyk, could see time; Van Dyk has two career carries, both vs. FCS competition.

Against the 3-5 Aggies, all the running back absences shouldn't matter too much (though NMSU does have one BCS conference scalp to their credit this year ... if you count Minnesota, and we're not sure you should). The Georgia line should still be able to open holes nearly anyone could run through, Aaron Murray should still have little problem finding receivers, and or Jarvis Jones should still live in the Aggie backfield. We shouldn't oversell the damage here as long as the suspended three return as expected for a potentially make-or-break visit from Auburn Nov. 12.

But losing Samuel hurts -- his surge against the Gators might have taken him back into the starter's role -- and a topsy-turvy first several months in Athens has made Crowell seem less-than-100-percent reliable. Georgia's OK for the present, but the future looks much murkier than it did 24 hours ago.

Comments

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:41 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended


Hmm.. a keyword here could be in the headline - "crisis."  If this had happened the week before the Auburn game, I would use that word.  But this week, Georgia goes against New Mexico State, and the word crisis would seem to be a little bit of overstatement.  Unless Georgia fumbles that game away, which I would doubt at tis point.



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:05 am
 

Light it up

I think they are smoking more weed down at UGA than even miami or lsu.  Where are they getting all that good weed in athens?



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:02 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

How is Georgia not on probation for recruiting Jarvis Jones while he was at USC?




Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Think again idiot - UGA throws a player out after any felony arrest, You ,usy be getting UGA and South Carolina mixed up and even there I think it 5



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

MRBCS - the tests were done on Thursday and the results are not returned until the following Monday or Tuesday, This is the standard for all schools and UGA did not have results before today. Random drug tests are just that and done at random times during the season. UGA is not the school whose coach lied and covered up his knowledge that his players were ineligible so he had a chance to win another national championship. There will be questions about the penalties that the 3 players receive but the NCAA dictates the punishment. Can you tell me what the drusg which they had in their system because until you do, they may be OTC drugs whic can not be used by NCAA athletes but are not illegal to purchase. I do not think this is the case but imto; you can provide the drugs that they took then you cannot say for sure that they are illegal.



Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:26 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Question: How many arrests and/or suspensions does it take at Georgia to get dismissed from the football team?

Answer: No one knows. It's never happened.




Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:26 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.  At least it's against New Mexico State.



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Stillaburn - Your reputation as a rookie is earned and you are a liar and I would say that to your face. Please provide proof which you cannot as the issue occurred as a result of a random drug test which was given last Thursday and the results came back this morning, Mark Richt is an good person and no matter what is not afraid to suspend a player if they have done no matter what the consequences. He told his top running back from last year he was welcome to leave even though his job was going to be on the line and he knew that Caleb King may not be academically eligible and there was no assurance that Crowell would be able to handle the job. Please do not post BS when you have no idea what you are talking about.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

So these guys get caught doing drugs which are ILLEGAL and they get 1 game, but Pryor and the Tat-Five get 5 game suspensions for selling their own memorabilia.  Agree with the comments that people are after certain schools...
There is a difference in team rules and NCAA rules.



Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

So these guys get caught doing drugs which are ILLEGAL and they get 1 game, but Pryor and the Tat-Five get 5 game suspensions for selling their own memorabilia.  Agree with the comments that people are after certain schools...


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