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UGA star RB Crowell kicked off team after felony weapons charges

In his first season at UGA, Isaiah Crowell was in hot water with coach Mark Richt more than once. And Friday he was arrested for felony weapons charges.

In his first season at UGA, Isaiah Crowell was in hot water with coach Mark Richt more than once. And Friday he was arrested for felony weapons charges.

ATHENS — Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the team Friday by coach Mark Richt after the sophomore was arrested on felony weapons charges.

Police found a gun in Crowell’s vehicle early Friday morning. Georgia announced the dismissal Friday afternoon. Richt’s short statement in the announcement did not mention Crowell.

“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 was arrested at a vehicle checkpoint on the Georgia campus at around 2:20 a.m., according to Athens-Clarke Police Department spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow. Among the charges he faces are carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon on school property.

Crowell consented to a search after officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle. Police found a 9-millimeter Luger pistol under the driver’s seat with an altered serial number.

Crowell was released on bond Friday afternoon.

As a freshman in 2011, Crowell led Georgia with 850 yards rushing.

Crowell, 19, came to UGA in 2011 as the top-rated running back prospect in the country out of Carver High School in Columbus, Ga. He announced he would attend Georgia by pulling out a bulldog puppy at signing day news conference.

He went on to win Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year honors from The Associated Press.

Crowell rushed for a career high 147 yards on 30 carries to help the Georgia beat Ole Miss 27-13 last season. He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark on four occasions, and scored six touchdowns.

Despite his success, Crowell’s freshman season also included setbacks on the field and off. He and two of his teammates were suspended for one game and missed Georgia’s game against New Mexico State after they failed a drug test.

In the SEC championship game, he struggled with 10 carries for 15 yards in a 42-10 loss to LSU.

Richt said in March that he was impressed by Crowell’s work ethic in the offseason. Richt said at that time the running back is “definitely growing up.”

Crowell’s exit will open the path for two highly rated newcomers to the team to play as freshmen. Tailbacks Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C. and Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C., were two of the top players in Richt’s 2012 signing class.

Ken Malcome, Brandon Harton and fullback/tailback Richard Samuel are left as the top returning rushers.

Marshall was third, behind Malcome and Crowell, on Georgia’s tailback depth chart released after spring practice.

Comments

jglass 2 years, 3 months ago

Goodness, why do they insist on ruining their lives?

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 3 months ago

What a waste. 1000's of kids would give anything to have this kind of talent...

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 3 months ago

The Ol' Ball Coach was right again! :)

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

Free room and board, the ability to play the game you love, a free diploma at the end of 5 years..........but it's not enough. Unfortunately THIS is the state of D-1 sports in this new millenium.

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Amazed2 2 years, 3 months ago

Apparenlty Crowell thought he had reached Stardom. All the coaches, press and students have been telling him HOW GREAT Thou ARE and guess what he got compfortable and thought he was above the law. After all the people he most likely looked up to in the NFL as great atheletes get in trouble. That to a lot of Ghetto Kids that have a chance to break out instead of Break get this getting in trouble thing confused. Hey man I might get a shot at the NFL and make some money so I can get out of the Ghetto so lets go ahead and act like a football star. Lets go ahead and screw up. Well he has not made it yet so he just screwed up. Too bad another one bites the dust at Georgia. Goodbye to another Thug wanta bee

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