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Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 3:12 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Ever dreamed of toting the rock for the Georgia Bulldogs, random UGA student? Now may be your chance.

In the space of one afternoon, the Bulldogs have lost four scholarship tailbacks for this Saturday's game against New Mexico State. Starter Isaiah Crowell and backups Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome have all been suspended for one game for a violation of team rules, the program has announced.

But even that's not the worst news of the day from the Bulldog tailback perspective. Mark Richt announced earlier Tuesday that Richard Samuel, Crowell's immediate backup and the Dawgs' initial 2011 starter, underwent surgery on his ankle Tuesday morning and will miss the remaining four games of the regular season.

Samuel scored the winning touchdown against Florida last Saturday in the junior's career highlight to date, then was injured in the game's closing moments.

"We don't know exactly when he'll be back, but it obviously won't be anytime soon," Richt said. ""Richard really had probably his finest performance, in a really big game. For it to happen on the last play is just sad for him."

With all the absences, the tailback job will likely fall to redshirt sophomore Brandon Harton, a former walk-on who received a scholarship this fall. Harton has 11 carries for 33 yards this season, all against Coastal Carolina. Another former walk-on, senior Wes Van Dyk, could see time; Van Dyk has two career carries, both vs. FCS competition.

Against the 3-5 Aggies, all the running back absences shouldn't matter too much (though NMSU does have one BCS conference scalp to their credit this year ... if you count Minnesota, and we're not sure you should). The Georgia line should still be able to open holes nearly anyone could run through, Aaron Murray should still have little problem finding receivers, and or Jarvis Jones should still live in the Aggie backfield. We shouldn't oversell the damage here as long as the suspended three return as expected for a potentially make-or-break visit from Auburn Nov. 12.

But losing Samuel hurts -- his surge against the Gators might have taken him back into the starter's role -- and a topsy-turvy first several months in Athens has made Crowell seem less-than-100-percent reliable. Georgia's OK for the present, but the future looks much murkier than it did 24 hours ago.

Comments

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

how can u not be sure what I"m talking about. obvious hush-hush till after Auburn game. As for  fairley, has nothing to do with last weeks cover up.



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:40 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

That's right 19auburn49, everything on message boards should be taken as gospel. Remember when the message boards said Bobby Lowder paid to get Cam Newton to Auburn. People in glass houses should NEVER throw rocks.



Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:20 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Appearantly Richt actually wanted them suspended for the Florida game . It was AD McGarity's call to hold them over a week . It doesn't make it right but Richt doesn't play favorites . As I type this I'm not a big supporter of CMR .....and yes it was for failed drug tests .



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:09 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Defend Richt all you want,  but it was posted on UGA's own message board Wednesday prior to the Florida game.  Crowell tweeted he'd failed a drug test.  If anyone at UGA knew before the Florida game and they held the suspensions until NMS,  it tells you all you need to know.



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:06 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Not sure what you're talking about BMB_Texas. I have a real question for you. Why wasn't Nick Fairley suspended for the Alabama game after his actions during the UGA game last year?



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:56 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

UGA knew 2 days before Auburn game about drug violations. Why weren't the players
suspended then? I guess the answer is obvious. There should be some type of
punishment against the UGA program or just get rid of rules.



Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:54 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Please try to remember that these are 18-21 year old kids.  I am certain that none of us were angels in college at 18.  They are scholar-athletes and not professionals so let's not drag them through the mud just so we can feel better about our college team.

Let's also cut the bull and stop calling Richt a saint.  Feel free to defend him as a fan, but don't think we are stupid.



Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:45 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Their suspended because its New Mexico State . Thats not a crisis . Its practice . Just add a blocker in the backfield and get Aaron Murry some much needed passing work . He is just not sharp right now .



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:01 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

pretty shady situation......being a Gator fan im kinda glad Mark Richt is gunna be around for awhile it seems

3-8 vs UF

And as a Dawg fan all I have to say to Gator fan is last year after a three game losing streak Coach Urban Meyer turned to Chris Rainey and said, "Time to play!" Please save all the morality stands for another day. The test were taken on Thursday and the results came back on Tuesday. If ANY fan wants doubt a suspensdion it sure as HELL won't be a Gator fan. See Jarvis Moss (hero of the USCe game) suspended next week for Western Carolina. Work em, you Silly Gators!!!





Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:22 am
 

Georgia RB crisis: Samuel out, Crowell suspended

AS I read these post I have to laugh, All you armchair coaches and haters need to know that all us real Bulldog fans and yes even those who are not happy with Coach Richt and Bobo, we know they will do what is right and really don't care what you think.  That goes double to Auburn fans like you never done anything wrong, MAKE ME LAUGH!



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