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Isaiah Crowell is ‘running for the Heisman’

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There are preseaon Heisman lists and then there are preseaon Heisman lists, and Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell considers himself part of the latter. Well, probably the former too once it rolls around.

The sophomore-to-be has been a sensation ever since he arrived on campus last year and ended up leading the team in rushing in 2011. When spring practice started for the Bulldogs on Tuesday, Crowell once again found himself on top of the depth chart at a young, but loaded backfield.

With 2012 already looking promising, Crowell admitted he had high goals for himself this year.

“My first goal is to be a good teammate, help my team get to the national championship,” Crowell said after Tuesday’s practice. “My second goal, I’m trying to run for the Heisman.

It’s certainly possible. Alabama’s Mark Ingram won it in 2009 as a sophomore and Trent Richardson was a serious candidate last year. As was South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, until a torn ACL cut his season short. Heading into this year, and in no particular order, most would put the following on their preseason Heisman lists: Lattimore, Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson,Montee Ball, Denard Robinson, Honey Badger and Geno Smith.

It’s a crowded field filled with veteran players, but anything can happen during the season. If Crowell wants to make a run, his first order of business is stay out of trouble, as he was suspended for a game last year for testing positive for drugs. His next should be to stay healthy, as an ankle injury nagged at the RB last season.

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28 Responses to “Isaiah Crowell is ‘running for the Heisman’”
  1. timh1955 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:47 AM

    What a joke!!! Crowell still thinks he’s good. He’s a big baby that can’t play a game without taking himself out when he hurts his finger. Comparing him to Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson is a joke!

  2. mrslay1 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:56 AM

    Comparing himself to backs like K. Davis or Larrimore is a joke. Of coarse the writer here doesn’t mention K Davis who is the best in the country.

  3. papabush88 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:44 PM

    Yea right. If drugs were a big issue, why did they invite Tyrann Mathieu to NY last year? Heisman Trust takes Reggie Bush’s award away for his “amoral character” and the Honey Badger violates the league’s substance abuse policy and gets an invite. I doubt Barkley will win this year. He has some of the best TEs in the game to go along with the one of the greatest receiving duos (possibly trios if Farmer is healthy) to ever play the game. Barkley’s stats may look nice, but its the Trojan offense that will be talented all around. Obviously stats were of no concern to the Heisman trust last year as Barkley and Keenum had far better seasons statistically than Andrew Luck. Having said that, Luck is still better player, just with an unfortunate supporting cast at Stanford.

  4. thompgk says: Mar 22, 2012 1:06 PM

    “What a joke!!! Crowell still thinks he’s good. He’s a big baby that can’t play a game without taking himself out when he hurts his finger. Comparing him to Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson is a joke!”

    Actually my favorite memories of Ingram were him taking himself out of the Iron Bowl for phoney injuries. Pretty funny.

  5. wvuandsteelers says: Mar 22, 2012 1:29 PM

    Aaron Murray might be a decent Heisman candidate, but not Crowell. He’s as soft as a baby’s bottom.

  6. papabush88 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:32 PM

    wvuandsteelers: Kind of a creepy Sandusky comment, but I agree with you. Davis, Barkley, Murray, Robinson, De’Anthony Thomas

  7. yaboig says: Mar 22, 2012 1:36 PM

    Crowell is a good RB, I doubt he is in the running this year but he could be next year. People forget dude was a true freshman this year. Injuries and his one game suspension kinda hurt the way people view him.

    timh1955 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 11:47 AM
    What a joke!!! Crowell still thinks he’s good. He’s a big baby that can’t play a game without taking himself out when he hurts his finger. Comparing him to Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson is a joke!

    I see you don’t follow the Dawgs closely. Crowell battled a high ankle sprang last year. The same injury that caused R. Samuels to require surgery after the Fla game and basically made him ineffective in the Michigan State game when he came back.

  8. timh1955 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:55 PM

    @yaboig
    Actually I do follow UGA very closely as I live in Atlanta and I have a son that is a student there so I think you need to know your facts before spouting out comments you know nothing about. As far as Crowell’s injuries you can blame his pansy attitude on whatever you want. The fact is he thinks he is the golden child and it is very common knowledge that he has an attitude problem. He does now and he did in high school. My prediction is he will never even be considered as a Heisman candidate and he will not be the primary running back at UGA at the end of 2012.

  9. trojan33sc says: Mar 22, 2012 4:28 PM

    I hate the SEC !!! I’m a Pac-12 guy and played there so just “step off” and let US drive. Barkley for the Heisman Baby !!!!!!!!!!!!!! SEC has waaay too many recent National Titles , time to turn this shyte back around. “Fight On” !

  10. jonkybon says: Mar 22, 2012 7:06 PM

    mrslay1 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 11:56 AM
    Comparing himself to backs like K. Davis or Larrimore is a joke. Of coarse the writer here doesn’t mention ‘K Davis who is the best in the country.’

    _________________________________

    Statements like this is why drugs are illegal and many countries give the death penalty for it. Lattimore was great, but may (or may not) ever be the same after the injury he suffered last year. Davis is fair at best.

  11. timh1955 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:30 PM

    @trojan33sc
    The SEC has won a lot of recent titles because they are without a doubt the best and strongest conference in college football. I don’t see this changing anytime soon as the SEC is also the dominate conference in recruiting (i.e. Alabama).

  12. papabush88 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:36 PM

    timh1955 and trojans33sc: Agreed that the SEC is very strong. Their strength isn’t from guys like Tebow, or Cam Newton. It comes from their power in the D-line. Similarly, USC is the most powerful program (not conference). USC may have had Heisman winners like Leinart and Bush, but their strength comes from the power in their O-Lines. We’ve also had some good D-lines in the past such as in ’03 and ’04. The game is won and lost in the trenches. All of these recent SEC champs have been victorious not because of guys like Tebow, but because of their dominant D-lines. USC is historically famous for their O-lines. That’s how you win football games at the college level. In the NFL, it is all about QBs.

  13. mrslay1 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:03 PM

    Most powerful program? You must be smpking some of that pot that the california freeks get as legal. So cal has a history, and none of it good for a very long time. And counting teams from the pette carrol cheataholics days count as nothing. Power? try Bama, Georgia, and down the line like Oklahoma or Wisconsin Ohio State. Sorry man…your living in a dream world.

  14. timh1955 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:18 PM

    @mrslay1
    You stole my thunder! USC is far from being the best program. Defense wins games….not offense. Not to mention they have the biggest slime of a coach in all of college football who has never been a winner with any team he has been with. USC will lose 2-3 games this year.

  15. papabush88 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:22 PM

    mrslay1: Did you really just name Wisconsin? Ohio State? Geoegia? I’ll give you Alabama. I have great respect for Alabama. But we have run thru B1G teams for the last ten years like Ohio State. Big and slow teams of that conference are pathetic. And last four times we’ve played the SEC, we’ve beat them too. Auburn twice and Arkansas twice. And that was the 2003 auburn team ranked first in nation. And an Arkansas team that had McFadden and Peyton Hillis. USC has the most current and all time NFL players. As well as most first rounders. AND WE DID NOT CHEAT. Sorry, but you will have to face the facts sooner or later.
    Reggie Bush took money from an ex agent 150 miles from campus. Read the NCAA investigation. No one at USC knew he did that. And Oklahoma has had a rich history. But we smoked them 55-19 in BCS championship game. But I guess that was when Reggie was taking money and no one knew. And its common fact that getting paid makes you better player…stupid

  16. papabush88 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:33 PM

    I think the BCS championship game last season was telling that you need an offense to win. LSU didn’t have one. I love how Kiffin gets blamed for the problems with Tennessee. He was investigated by the NCAA and it was the basketball team that did the illegal stuff. Look, Kiffin wasn’t my first choice, but he’s bringing in great talent. No argument there. Our defense has improved each year. I agree, its not the best. But it will be good. We will be much more balanced than an LSU team that didn’t get past the 50 yard line until midway thru the 4th quarter.

  17. papabush88 says: Mar 22, 2012 8:37 PM

    Ask yourself this: what other program could be in the middle of the sanctions/penalties that USC has and still be a favorite to go the national championship game next year? Hell, we were ranked 5th last season. We are the only program that can withstand the unequal and excessive wrath of the NCAA.

  18. mrslay1 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:42 PM

    Hey dumba$$, you dodged the Auburn team that WAS the best team in the country by pulling the strings to get Chockelahoma to win your only UNtitle that was stripped. You beat a Arkansas that had to start the 2nd string safty at QB as the first and 2nd starting QB’s were out (which I’m sure you know). And your pitiful countinued denail of the maggot Reggie Bush scandle that sent pettee Carrol running to Seattle still is on the books for everyone to see. Your still under restrictions over it, or can’t you read?And by the way…You weren’t ranked anywhere last year except you own paid for AP poll which by the way MEANS NOTHING ANYWHERE STUPID…someone here is

  19. papabush88 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:10 AM

    mrslay1: the stench of your jealousy is overwhelming. We had beaten Auburn the two previous years in a row. Shut them out in their own home stadium 23-0 in 2003. We dominated Arkansas TWICE in 2005 and 2006. You obviously can’t read. The conclusion of the NCAA investigation showed that Pete Carroll and NO ONE ELSE at USC knew Reggie was taking money from the agent. Your pointless accusations of us paying the AP poll are so desperate and sad. You can’t provide a single lick of proof. I know we are under restrictions which is why you’re probably so mad. We are under restrictions and DESPITE THAT WE WILL BE RANKED IN TOP 2 IN NATION. Guess what…sucks to suck, mrslay

  20. mrslay1 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:34 AM

    You would certainly know that the best, california FAGGOT. Funny so cal Pu$$ys are the only ones who don’t understand you lost your titles, and scholarships for.. OH WAIT CHEATING…Tell me, are you the maggot holding the bush hesiman that has not been returned? But I guess thats not stealing by california standards

  21. mrslay1 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:41 AM

    You would certainly know that the best, california FAG. Funny so cal Pu$$ys are the only ones who don’t understand you lost your titles, and scholarships for.. OH WAIT CHEATING…Tell me, are you the maggot holding the bush Hesiman that has not been returned? But I guess thats not stealing by california standards either

  22. papabush88 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:54 AM

    You clearly have issues, mrslay. We didn’t lose our titles. Check the BCS website. Technically, the website says we won the championship under the list of championship games. And regardless, we still have our AP titles. Plus, everyone hates the biased BCS and not many take it seriously. Your offensive language is counterproductive to your argument. Just makes you look uneducated. It’s so sad that you think Auburn was the best team in 2004. The country sure doesn’t agree with you. And neither does the Associated Press. Programs don’t cheat. People do. And Reggie Bush did something he shouldn’t have done. No one else was involved. Reggie should have been punished and no one else. But the NCAA reacted out of anger, kind of like you right now. And now everyone is outraged by the NCAA. Keep resorting to derogatory words. You’re just helping me.

  23. mrslay1 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:29 AM

    I have not a argument to make just state the truth. What you call facts are false. The Ap poll has no credence in the BCS which is overseen by the NCAA which gives, or takes away the titles.
    Your opinion on how the NCAA is interesting as you claim EVERYONE is outraged by their actions in this matter. In this case most everyone I have read or talked to think sc got of way to easy for this as it certainly was much deeper than was let on. And to say programs do not cheat is very naive. If what Ohio state did was not a (Program cheating) problem than I would certainly like to hear your explaination.

  24. papabush88 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:53 AM

    But you’re not stating the truth. That’s the problem. You are pyschosomatically creating these “truths.” They’re not real. What Ohio State did was far worse than Reggie Bush, but you seem to believe as fact that other USC-affiliated members were involved in the scandal. That is not true per the NCAA’s ruling. So, then considering the evidence, how can what Reggie did be considered as our program cheating? The only positive thing about USC getting penalized before all these other programs is that people are beginning to see how corrupt and broken the NCAA. Every time they fail to bring down the hammer on programs like North Carolina and Ohio State and Oregon, it discredits everything the NCAA stands for. And not to mention, USC is not only surviving but they are rising to the top once again. I get it, though. I’d be pissed if I hated USC, watched the NCAA hand out excessive penalties when other programs are involved in far worse scandals, only to watch USC shrug off these sanctions. Two years of probation already gone and we are expected to be playing in Miami in January of 2013. And by the way, when Auburn went undefeated in 2004, the nation never considered them as the No. 1 team. They were always looked at as No. 2 or 3. And just as we did in 2002 and 2003, we would’ve whooped them.

  25. papabush88 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:05 AM

    And by the way, I don’t wish for programs to be punished. The guilty should be penalized. In the cases of Reggie Bush, only Reggie and the slime ball ex agent should be penalized. For Ohio State, Tressel and others involved in the cover up including the players selling their memorabilia. But no one else. Not future fosters or future teams.

  26. WingT says: Mar 24, 2012 10:35 AM

    @Papabush – you said “I think the BCS championship game last season was telling that you need an offense to win. LSU didn’t have one.”

    You mean a prolific offense like the Oregon Ducks offense in 2010?

    No sir. Defense wins championships. Offense sells seats in the stadium

  27. papabush88 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:50 AM

    WingT: I did not mean that you ONLY need an offense to win. You need BOTH offense and defense. I’m just saying there needs to be some balance. To be more specific, you need power and speed in the trenches, on both sides of the ball. Offense and defense. All these recent NC winners hailing from the SEC all had dominant D-lines, good O-lines. Forget about the Cam Newtons and Tim Tebows. These games are won and lost in trenches. USC’s last couple of NC teams had dominant O-lines and very solid D-lines. Just my take on it. Oregon was not balanced in 2010. Auburn was.

  28. WingT says: Mar 24, 2012 11:11 AM

    @papbush
    I agree – the teams that win today must be able to dominate the line of scrimmage, both on offense and defense

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