Yesterday in the AJC, Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell made his intentions in 2012 very clear. And it wasn’t ‘play a full season’, or ‘stop being a baby’, or even ‘play a full game’. No – in fact, he said he’s running for a Heisman in 2012.
“My first goal is just to be a good teammate and help my team get to the national championship,” he said. “My second goal is I’m trying to run for the Heisman.”
Asked how realistic he thought his chances were for winning college football’s player of the year award, Crowell grinned and laughed. “Real realistic.”
As suspected, Mark Richt has named Crowell the No. 1 running back this spring, and he will run with the first team. And that means nothing, to be quite honest.
A couple comments about this quote from Crowell:
1. He is getting a little bit better of an overall feel for the game and his teammates. His teammates have said they are very impressed with the way he has handled himself and his work ethic this spring. I think he came into Georgia used to being ‘the man’ in high school. Every kid goes through it, but others handle it better.
2. This guy, to me, seems like a ‘me’ player instead of a team player. And while he may be getting better about being a piece of the puzzle rather than being the puzzle himself and teammates are saying better things about him, he’s not there yet. I get the feeling, along with many others, that Crowell is very soft and wants to watch out for his NFL career more than earning it right now. He wants all the accolades and praise, but he doesn’t necessarily want to earn it on the field. That’s just my take on him. I do not know him, and I hope he has a big year.
However, this is the same kid who was suspended twice for rules violations last year, and it’s the same player all the Georgia fans, including all other SEC fans, were telling to suck it up and play with the nicks and bruises.
Post SEC Championship game, SDS’ Georgia writer Chris explained his view on Crowell that still applies today:
Isaiah Crowell…..where do I start? I think the shine is finally off the former #1 RB. He was sounding booed by UGA fans when he pulled himself out several times during the game. He was seen limping off the field only to return seemingly fine. Every time the going got hard or UGA needed a key run, he wasn’t there. One part to the Pro-Style offense that UGA runs is RB’s providing QB protection. Several times in the game Crowell missed defenders running right by him. He is either too dumb to recognize blitzes or simply doesn’t care. This years #1 RB Keith Marshall will pick his college of choice on Dec 6th…..UGA needs him badly.
This Georgia team needs Crowell to step up in the worst way. He will have a very good quarterback, offense and strong talent all around him. Also, Georgia’s schedule is fairly easy as well; so, he will have his shot to make a run at the elusive Heisman Trophy.
Furthermore, Crowell will be sharing the carries with Richard Samuel, freshmen Keith Marshall, Todd Gurley and Ken Malcome in the fall. Will he even get enough carries to make a run at the Heisman? He will if he proves he’s ready to step up and be the consistent back this offense has been missing for several years now.
Do you think Crowell will make a ‘run for Heisman’ in 2012?