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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: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

I love the way this is presented by the online arm of CBS (airer of SEC football) as a strategy issue on how to replace the missing players.  If this happened at a certain university in Columbus, Ohio the headline would have read quite differently, and this article would completely focus on the discipline issues and the failure of drug tests (as ESPN is doing, sourcing DawgNation).  Reportedly the tests were given before the Florida game.  Did they have the results before the Florida game, or did they conveniently just get them before the game with a team that is 1-3 in the WAC?

Can anyone still doubt the bias of this website?



Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

ACC? Oh, you mean that piece of crap conference. Big East conference has more dominance in football. FSU, VA TECH, jokes!!!



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Georgia had players suspended for Boise State. Also two missed a half of the Florida game due to Vanderbilt illegal blocks.  Crowell could uses the rest.  Put the other number 1 in Brandon Smith, or Boykin.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

If this happened to the team I cheer for I would hope they suspend the players for a meaningless game also.  Oh wait they already did that against Auburn this year. 
Ouch!!!



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

pretty shady situation......being a Gator fan im kinda glad Mark Richt is gunna be around for awhile it seems

3-8 vs UF




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Contrary to your point:

Todd Grantham=Handle Internally 



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

If this happened to the team I cheer for I would hope they suspend the players for a meaningless game also.  Oh wait they already did that against Auburn this year. 



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

The information about Crowell was out before the Florida game......but he didn't get suspended until the NM game.

This kind of stuff happens all over, but don't try and paint Georgia as different.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

You can say anything you want on a message board, and you don't even have to be right.  Georgia may have some flaws and behavior problems like most schools do, but they are NOT one of the stereotypical "we'll handle it internally" programs.  Their biggest problem in fact is that they are open with their problems and their punishment, and don't hide behind the "handle internally" BS, that so many "bright" fans love to slurp in gallons.  Those same knowledgeable idiots also believe that, because their school's employees don't personally hand out bags of cash to their players, that their program is clean.  The good news is that fans are not required to be smart.  They are only needed for merchandise and ticket sales and for providing entertainment by being blow hards on call in shows and message boards.  Rah! Rah!  Go Dumbasses!!



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Of course, they wouldn't be suspended for a REAL game against a quality opponent. Georgia continues to be a joke.
Of course, had it been Maryland, there wouldn't have been a suspension period.  The ACC way...


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