ATHENS - Over the past year, no player at Georgia was more written about, rumored about, and dissected than Isaiah Crowell. His every move seemed to be over-analyzed, every ankle twist a source of concern, and seemingly every comment parsed.
His tenure at Georgia ended up only lasting a year. But there were enough articles, columns, blog posts and tweets to fill up a normal player's four-year career.
The first priority for Crowell, now that he is no longer a member of the Georgia football team, is his legal troubles. He is facing serious consequences if found guilty of those gun charges, and those probably can't be resolved before he finds a new home for his football ability.
As for the Bulldogs, his departure is a setback, but it remains to be seen how much of one. The depth at tailback is still there, with Ken Malcome (the co-starter with Crowell after spring practice) still around, along with freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley, and Richard Samuel is available when not at fullback.
Crowell, however, had perhaps the highest ceiling of any of those. He has more breakaway ability than Malcome and Samuel, and a year more of experience than Marshall and Gurley. Crowell could have been the difference-maker this season if he stayed healthy and kept his nose clean. But it's a moot point now because he couldn't do the latter.
So Georgia moves on.
We have extensive coverage of the Crowell story in today's papers:
- Here is my lead story on what happened to derail Crowell and all that supposed off-field progress.
- Kevin Price says Crowell's "flimsy excuse" was a sad end to his Georgia career.
- Stephanie Pedersen wonders if Crowell ultimately made the wrong decision by going to Georgia.
- Here is a timeline of events in Crowell's time at Georgia.
And finally, a couple looks back:
- Back in February, columnist Bill Shanks wondered if Crowell was the next Herschel Walker or the next Jasper Sanks. (The latter, apparently.)
- A story on the Columbus connection among Crowell, Jarvis Jones and Bruce Figgins.
- Last December, Crowell talked about his need to "be more accountable."
- And here's the story, from way back when, of Crowell committing to Georgia, and holding up that puppy.