Georgia football notes: Isaiah Crowell nears full speed, earns praise

semerson@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 21, 2011 

ATHENS, Ga. -- Isaiah Crowell has been expected to be the team’s top newcomer on Georgia’s offense. The freshman tailback from Carver High was slowed by a groin injury last week, but he was close to full tilt Saturday -- and had what coach Mark Richt called “a couple great runs” and a run after a catch for a touchdown.

The showing impressed veteran teammate DeAngelo Tyson on the other side of the ball.

“When the going got tough, he wanted to come out direct with the green jersey and get hit,” said Tyson, a senior defensive end. “So he’s a pretty good back. He just needs to stay focused and continue being motivated. I think he’s going to be a great part of our offense this year, as long as he keeps working hard.”

Faster recovery?

Georgia nose tackle John Jenkins has been expected to be a key part of the team’s defense. But he has been taking second-team snaps after Kwame Geathers, and on Friday he went down with what Georgia called a mild hamstring pull.

Jenkins missed Saturday’s practice, but Richt said Jenkins might not be out the normal 7-10 day period for hamstrings.

“Sometimes for the bigger men that play in the smaller space, you get back a little quicker,” Richt said of the 342-pound Jenkins. “It’s the guys that just run out and burst and change direction possibly 50 yards or whatever on any given play, where the skill guys take a little bit longer (to return).

“And it just depends on the severity of it. Usually when a guy pulls a muscle in the box, not that they’re not playing hard, but it’s a lot different than when they’re sprinting. Usually it’s not as severe.”

Injury updates

Tailback Richard Samuel remains slowed by a left quad injury. Richt said the junior likely would return next week sometime.

Freshman linebacker Ray Drew was announced as day-to-day with a shoulder contusion after a scooter accident Aug. 14. But he has yet to return to practice. Drew and fellow freshman Amarlo Herrera, a linebacker also nursing a shoulder injury, were not participating in conditioning drills Saturday.

Freshman wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell missed a second day of practice with what Richt said is a muscle injury in one of his legs. It’s not expected to be a long-term issue.

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