Kevin Price commentary: Who will replace Isaiah Crowell in Georgia' backfield?

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comJune 30, 2012 

Now that Georgia has cut ties with former Carver High standout Isaiah Crowell, the Bulldogs' focus will turn to who will replace him in the backfield.

Despite starting seven games last season, rushing for 850 yards and earning SEC Freshman of the Year, Crowell was not named the starter after spring practice. He was listed as the co-No. 1 along with Ken Malcome.

That had as much to do with Crowell's injuries last season and indiscretions off the field as it did with what Malcome did to earn the top spot.

Crowell's departure will further open the door to playing time for true freshmen Keith Marshall and Tim Gurley.

Marshall and Gurley were 4- or 5-star recruits out of North Carolina last season.

Georgia also might take another look at Richard Samuel at tailback. He started the first two games last season and shared time with Crowell until an injury in the Florida game sidelined him for the rest of the season.

With Crowell, Malcome and the two freshmen, Samuel had been moved to fullback. Now, he might be moved back to tailback.

Name game

Yes, Jordan's new football coach Jim Brown has heard it all.

The 54-year-old Columbus State graduate gets questioned a lot about the famous former

Cleveland Browns running back with the same name.

"It is usually from people around my age," Brown said. "Younger players don't know who Jim Brown is."

For the record, the Jordan coach's real name is James Brown. And yes, he has been asked about the famous singer from Augusta, Ga., as well.

"I can't sing and dance like him," Brown said, laughing.

If you are too young to know who Cleveland's Jim Brown and Augusta's James Brown are, please make use of Google today and find out.

That Jim Brown is the greatest athlete this country ever has produced. And that James Brown was an incredible singer but even better showman.

No need to shush

It was odd to watch the telecast of the third round of the AT&T National golf tournament Saturday.

After storms Friday night knocked down trees and did other damage to the Congressional Golf Course, the PGA Tour decided to not allow spectators and volunteers on the course.

So there was virtually no noise on the telecast.The best part of that means there were no obnoxious fans yelling "You da man" or "Get in the hole."

Lately, those tired sayings have been replaced by even more obnoxious shouts, such as "Mashed potatoes" and "Filet mignon."

Kevin Price, kprice@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-320-4493

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