Published June 29, 2012 - 9:07am
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Running back Isaiah Crowell was arrested in Athens early Friday morning in Athens, GA. Crowell was stopped at a traffic checkpoint at about 2:20am by Athens-Clarke County Police. Upon smelling marijuana from the vehicle, the police asked Crowell and the other passengers to step out of the vehicle so they could perform a search. No marijuana was found, but a gun with its ID number altered was found.
After finding the gun, police arrested Crowell and charged him with a felony count of possessing a weapon in a school zone as well as a felony count of altered identification mark. A misdemeanor charge of possession/carrying a concealed weapon was charged against Crowell.
It’s unfortunate news for Georgia fans looking forward to a potential big season in 2012, but it’s not exactly a shocking development considering Crowell’s brief history in Athens. After joining the Dawgs as the top running back in the country out of high school, Crowell has had off and on discipline issues including failing a drug test mid-season last year.
Crowell ran for 850 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 as a freshman, but it was clear that Crowell wasn’t the most dependable running back. Georgia brought in talented backs Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley in the 2012 class to provide added depth at running back. It looks like Georgia may have to rely more than they thought on the new freshmen.
It’s unclear what Crowell’s future looks like in Athens. I doubt many will be surprised if Crowell is kicked off the team. It’s an unfortunate development for a talented young man.