Published November 1, 2011 - 5:25pm
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Three Georgia running backs – Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome – have all been suspended for violating team policy. Radi Nabulsi of DawgNation is reporting all three suspensions are the result of positive drug tests given last week. As we all know, Georgia defeated Florida 24-20, and both Crowell and Thomas played in the football game.
There were some rumors that Crowell failed a drug test last week, and he would not make it to Jacksonville because of it. However, he did make the trip, and he played. It has not been confirmed when the results were known.
All three players are suspended for this weekend’s game against New Mexico State, and as it stands right now, sophomore Brandon Harton would be next on the depth chart at running back. But I fully expect Branden Smith and Brandon Boykin to get some carries.
The main focus here is, of course, Isaiah Crowell. He seems soft because of his recent comments:
“There’s a lot of hits and pounding I get,” he said. “I didn’t want to get too banged up while I’m here. It’s just … I don’t know. It’s a lot of banging I have to get used to.”
He has been called a prima donna by many, and those comments certainly point in that direction. And he plays like it sometimes as well, because he gets injured quite frequently and takes himself out of the ball game. And now this – a report of a failed drug test.
Crowell certainly has a bright future ahead of him if he can get mentally tougher. However, the question remains – is he physically and mentally durable enough to become the great running back we all expected coming out of high school?