Isaiah Crowell: 'I need to be more accountable'

semerson@macon.comDecember 17, 2011 

ATHENS - Isaiah Crowell is coming off being named SEC freshman of the year, and yet is still competing for the Georgia tailback job. And now the team has recruited the top high school player at his position.

But Crowell, speaking after Saturday's practice, said he welcomed Keith Marshall aboard.

"Really I'm happy to get another guy," Crowell said. "I thought we needed more running backs. So I think that's a good thing."

Crowell said he and Marshall have spoken over the phone and texted, though they've never met.

In the meantime, Crowell is still competing to be the No. 1 guy for the bowl. He granted he has more to prove to the team.

"I think I need to be more accountable, and just handle my responsibilities better," he said.

He was asked what he meant by accountable.

"For all my teammates and coaches, who are counting on me, to do what I'm supposed to do," Crowell said. "Just different stuff."

On his ankle, Crowell estimated he was at 90-95 percent.

Crowell has a team-leading 847 rushing yards this season, though he only has 26 yards over the past three games. The Columbus native has been dealing with an ankle injury. He was also suspended for the New Mexico State game, then came back the next week to rush for 132 yards in a win over Auburn.

Crowell was asked how he would summarize his season:

"It's been a lot of ups and downs," he said. "I'm gonna remember the mistakes I made, the good things I did. How I've gotta stay in my mind, keep working hard, be the best teammate and person I can be."

He was asked if there was anything about the season he would change.

"Everything I did, there was a reason for it," Crowell said. "No, I wouldn't change anything about it."

He also granted that he was aware of all the attention on him, that it made him uncomfortable.

"I've always gotta be aware of if somebody is watching, or not even if you do anything bad, if you're just pumping some gas, I'm worrying about somebody taking my picture," he said.

Crowell's future has also been widely discussed, especially after Marshall's commitment. But Crowell said he wasn't going anywhere.
"I'm happy here," he said. "I know there's rumors here about me wanting to transfer and stuff, but I never said that."

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was asked on Saturday to sum up Crowell's season.

"It's not over yet," Bobo said. "I mean I think Isaiah's done real well. He's a freshman, and done a lot of things, a lot of mistakes freshmen make. But at times he's shown that he can be one of the best backs in this league. He's going to continue to push and strive to become better, and be a consistent player."

Bobo also said he's been real pleased with Crowell's practices the past few days.

"There's a kid with a lot of talent," Bobo said. "He showed it at times this year and we've got to get it more consistent. He's got to be more consistent."

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