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Isaiah Crowell
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Pre-game before Tennessee in 2011
Alabama State HornetsNo. 1
Running backs Freshman
Major: Health and physical education
Date of birth: (1993-01-08) January 8, 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth: Columbus, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Career history
High school: Columbus (GA) Carver
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Isaiah Crowell (born January 8, 1993) is an American football running back for the Alabama State Hornets. He played his freshman year for the University of Georgia as he led the Bulldogs with 850 yards rushing that season. Crowell is considered one of the top players of the 2015 running back class and future high NFL Draft pick.[1]

Early yearsEdit

Crowell attended George Washington Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia. During his career he rushed for 4,872 yards with 61 touchdowns in 429 carries. He was considered the number one running back recruit by Scout.com and the fourth best by Rivals.com.[2]

Collegiate careerEdit

2011 seasonEdit

With starting running back Washaun Ealey transferring off to Jacksonville State in the spring, this led to a vacancy at that position for the 2011 season at the University of Georgia. Second string running back Caleb King was next in line to take over as the team's starting running back, but the senior was declared academically ineligible on July 8.[3] The position was wide open during football practices in August and leading up to Georgia's opening game at the Georgia Dome against Boise State on September 3. Newcomer Isaiah Crowell earned the starting running back job for the Bulldogs as a freshman for their September 17 game against Coastal Carolina.[4] However, it was his fine performance against South Carolina on September 10 that created Crowell's chance to take over the starting role as tailback for the University of Georgia as the 6-0, 215-pound true freshman scored two touchdowns while rushing 16 times for 118 yards and catching two passes for 40 yards against the Gamecocks in a 45-42 heartbreaking loss to coach Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks[5] Against Coastal Carolina, Crowell had 16 rushes for 86 yards and highlighted his performance with a 27 yard touchdown run to open the game as Georgia went on to defeat the Chanticleers, 59-0. He also had a 12 yard reception in the contest.[6]

After starting off 0-2, coach Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs went on a dominating march through the college football landscape as Crowell contributed heavily in assisting Georgia with its 10 game winning streak and a first place ranking in the SEC East—which placed UGA in the SEC Championship Game on December 3. Georgia had a 10-2 record as the AP College Football Poll ranked the Bulldogs No. 12 in the country.[7]

During the season, Crowell had some breakout performances such as his 30 carries, 147 yard-outing against Ole Miss on September 24 in Oxford, Miss. as Georgia won, 27-13.[8] Crowell followed up the Ole Miss performance with 104 yards rushing against Miss. State on October 1 as Georgia defeated the MSU Bulldogs, 24-10.[9] He apparently had scored on a 49 yard touchdown run in the contest, but that play was cut short to only 14 yards after the line judge had determined that Crowell's shoe had just touched the sideline—as it appeared to be very close according to video replay.[10] On October 8 at Knoxville, Tenn., Crowell ran into a stout Tennessee defense as the Columbus, Ga. native scored two touchdowns but was contained to 19 rushes for 58 yards and two receptions for five yards. Georgia defeated Tennessee, 20-12.[11]

Later in the season on October 29, Crowell helped Georgia win a slugfest against rival Florida, 24-20, as the true freshman ran with the football 18 times for 81 yards.[12] Crowell, during the November 12 Auburn game, rushed 24 times for 132 yards and a touchdown as Georgia won, 45-7. He also caught a pass for one yard against the Tigers.[13] He did suffer a personal setback in between those two wins by missing the November 5 matchup at home with New Mexico State after Crowell and two of his teammates each failed a drug test.[14]

An injury slowed Crowell down near the end of the regular season as on November 19, he suffered a high ankle sprain against Kentucky as the running back finished with two rushes for 11 yards. Georgia defeated the Wildcats, 19-10.[15] This caused Crowell to miss the regular season finale with in-state rival, Georgia Tech, on November 26.

Georgia played nationally ranked No. 1 LSU (12–0) in the SEC Championship Game on December 3 as Crowell and the Bulldogs would go on to take a 10-0 lead and go into the locker room at halftime up, 10-7. He struggled to get on track against the tough Tiger defense as Crowell finished with 10 rushes for 15 yards and a catch for negative three yards. LSU, led by defensive back-punt returner Tyrann Mathieu, exploded in the second half as the Tigers won the contest, 42-10.[16]

Crowell finished the season with 185 carries for 850 rushing yards and five touchdowns. The Columbus, Ga. native also had eight receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in 12 games.[17] On December 5, Crowell was named freshman of the year by The Associated Press.[18] The Georgia Bulldogs were invited to play No. 12 nationally ranked Michigan State (10-3) in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. on January 2. Georgia lost the game in the third overtime, 33-30, and fell to 10-4.

2012 seasonEdit

On June 29, Crowell was arrested on three weapons charges, two of them felonies.[19][20] Crowell was dismissed from the University of Georgia football team due to his arrest.

Crowell has since enrolled at Alabama State according to published reports as of July 5 and now plays for the Hornets.[21]

So far this year, Crowell has had a breakout performance on September 29 by rushing for 127 yards which included a 61 yard touchdown run in Alabama State's 54-14 win against Alcorn State.[22] Presently, Crowell—who leads his team in rushing yards—has Alabama State at 7-4 this season.

StatisticsEdit

Rushing Receiving
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LP TD NO. YDS AVG LP TD
20111858504.62958597.4231
20121598425.3631511958.6270
Totals3441,6924.96320191548.1271

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL Draft Scout
  2. "#1 Isaiah Crowell". Scout.com. http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=4191930. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  3. "UGA tailback Caleb King declared academically ineligible". RedAndBlack.com. July 8, 2011. http://redandblack.com/2011/07/08/uga-tailback-caleb-king-declared-academically-ineligible/. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  4. Freshman TB Isaiah Crowell in position to start season opener
  5. "Football - South Carolina 45, Georgia 42". UGASports.com. September 10, 2011. http://uga.rivals.com/boxscore.asp?Game=37680&Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  6. "Georgia 59, Coastal Carolina 0". UGASports.com. September 17, 2011. http://uga.rivals.com/boxscore.asp?Game=38079&Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  7. "2012 NCAA Football Rankings - Week 14". ESPN.com. August 28, 2011. http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings/_/poll/1/week/14. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  8. "Football - Georgia 27, Ole Miss 13". UGASports.com. September 24, 2011. http://uga.rivals.com/boxscore.asp?Game=38181&Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  9. "Football - Georgia 24, Miss. State 10". UGASports.com. October 1, 2011. http://uga.rivals.com/boxscore.asp?Game=37738&Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  10. Ching, David (October 1, 2011). "Crowell making SEC look easy". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/colleges/georgia/football/story/_/id/7045635/isaiah-crowell-tops-100-yard-mark-georgia-bulldogs. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  11. "Football - Georgia 20, Tennessee 12". UGASports.com. October 8, 2011. http://uga.rivals.com/boxscore.asp?Game=38309&Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  12. "Football - Georgia 24, Florida 20". UGASports.com. October 29, 2011. http://uga.rivals.com/boxscore.asp?Game=38493&Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  13. "Football - Georgia 45, Auburn 7". UGASports.com. November 12, 2011. http://uga.rivals.com/boxscore.asp?Game=37848&Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  14. staff reports (July 5, 2012). "Georgia running back Crowell dismissed from team following gun charge arrest (w/ documents)". RedAndBlack.com. http://www.redandblack.com/sports/updated-georgia-running-back-crowell-arrested-on-gun-charges-w/article_caefcc90-c1d9-11e1-a7bb-001a4bcf6878.html. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  15. "Football - Georgia 19, Kentucky 10". UGASports.com. November 19, 2011. http://uga.rivals.com/boxscore.asp?Game=38709&Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  16. "Football - LSU 42, Georgia 10". UGASports.com. December 3, 2011. http://uga.rivals.com/boxscore.asp?Game=39213&Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  17. "Football Stats - Georgia Bulldogs 2011". UGASports.com. http://uga.rivals.com/playerstats.asp?Team=GEORGIA. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  18. "Georgia's Isaiah Crowell named SEC freshman of the year". WRDW-TV AUGUSTA. December 5, 2011. http://www.wrdw.com/sports/regionalheadlines/Georgias_Isaiah_Crowell_named_freshman_of_the_year_135046138.html. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  19. http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2012/06/29/georgia-tailback-isaiah-crowell-jailed-on-weapons-charges/
  20. http://www.redandblack.com/sports/updated-georgia-running-back-crowell-arrested-on-gun-charges-w/article_caefcc90-c1d9-11e1-a7bb-001a4bcf6878.html
  21. "Isaiah Crowell transferring to Alabama State". SportingNews.com. July 5, 2012. http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-07-05/isaiah-crowell-alabama-state-transfer-arrest-georgia-prison-probation-gun-weapon. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  22. "Alabama State pounds Alcorn State 54-14". The Sacramento Bee. September 29, 2012. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/29/4866433/alabama-state-pounds-alcorn-state.html. Retrieved 1 October 2012.

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