Charges dropped against former Carver, Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell

dmitchell@ledger-enquirerApril 25, 2013 

Nearly a year after an arrest that prompted his dismissal from the University of Georgia football team, Isaiah Crowell has been cleared of three charges filed against him in June 2012.

The former Carver High standout was arrested on June 29 at a checkpoint on campus. A search of his car turned up a handgun under the seat.

Crowell was charged with two felonies — criminal use of an article with an altered ID mark and carrying a weapon within school safety zones, school functions or school property as a non-licensed holder. He also faced a misdemeanor charge of possession and carrying a concealed weapon without a license.

Those charges were dropped Wednesday by District Attorney Kenneth Mauldin of the Western Judicial Circuit in Athens, Ga., because there was “no other evidence to connect the defendant to the weapon …,” according to the dismissal filed by Assistant District Attorney James V. Chafin.

Crowell, as well as the three passengers in the car at the time and other individuals who had previously driven the car all had access to the weapon, Chafin said.

Coming out of Carver in 2011, Crowell was one of the most sought-after running backs in the nation. He was ranked No. 1, according to Scout.com, after rushing for more than 3,600 yards and 42 touchdowns over the course of his junior and senior seasons with the Tigers.

He was named the Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi-City Offensive Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.

After joining the Bulldogs as one of the cornerstones of the so-called “Dream Team,” Crowell continued his on-field success with 850 yards and five touchdowns in 2011, earning a nod as the league’s top freshman. He rushed for over 100 yards on four occasions, including a career-high 147-yard performance against Ole Miss.

The running back notched 842 yards and 15 touchdowns for Alabama State after joining the team as a sophomore.

Crowell has been described by former Carver coach Dell McGee as “one of the best athletes (he’s) ever coached.”

“I didn’t have to teach (Crowell) anything,” McGee said in an interview last fall. “He was one of those guys that just knew what to do. He’s the type of player you can give a ball to, and he has the instincts and athleticism to make something happen.”

In an interview this week with the Montgomery Advertiser, his first since being dismissed from the Bulldogs, Crowell said he enjoyed his time at Georgia but is not focused on what happened there. Instead, he is focused on his future at Alabama State and beyond.

Crowell will play in the Alabama State spring game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the new ASU Stadium.

For more on the first interview Crowell granted since his move to Alabama State, click here.

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