Update 6:21pm: Crowell has officially been released from the Bulldogs football program. Further, coach Mark Richt said the following in a statement:
“We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season. Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort.”
It seems like nothing good happens to star college football players after midnight during the summer. Isaiah Crowell was ready to grow up and rise past the many mistakes he’s already made while being a Bulldog. Just three months ago, Crowell pronounced himself as a Heisman candidate, but he can kiss those dreams goodbye thanks to landing in jail early this morning.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer is reporting that Crowell was arrested for two felonies: carrying a weapon in a school zone and having an altered ID mark. Oh, and add a misdemeanor onto that list for the all to infamous “possessing/carrying a concealed weapon.”
As per school policy, The University of Georgia has suspended Crowell immediately and indefinitely on the felony charges. The Ledger Enquirer adds:
Crowell’s arrest resulted from a vehicle checkpoint on East Campus Road and Greene Street on the UGA campus, around 2:20 a.m., according to Athens-Clarke County spokesman Hilda Sorrow. Crowell was booked at 3:37 a.m. and remains in Clarke County jail, according to the jail’s web site, with bond set at $7,500.
As he came through, an officer smelled an odor of marijuana. They did a consent search on the vehicle. No marijuana was found, but a handgun was found below the driver’s seat. It had an altered serial number.
Crowell was the driver of the car, which had three other occupants.
It seems like eons ago that Crowell was once a 5-star recruit and the 4th ranked RB in the nation (Rivals.com) circa 2011. He’s never been on Mark Richt’s good side since arriving to Athens, having been suspended twice last year. Its mind boggling that he still led the Bulldogs in rushing last season with five scores and 850 yards. Arkansas State transfer, anyone? Too soon?
Looks like the only positive for Bulldogs fans is that this year’s 5-star recruit, Keith Marshall will have his chance to shine after all. More details to follow.