ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia sophomore tailback Isaiah Crowell has been dismissed from the team, according to a news release late this afternoon from the school.
“We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort.”
Crowell started seven games in 2011 and rushed for 850 yards on 185 carries.
Authorities arrested Crowell early this morning on weapons charges at a police checkpoint near the University of Georgia campus.
Police booked the 19-year-old into jail at 3:37 a.m. on two felony charges — possession of a weapon in a school zone and possession of a firearm with an altered identification — and the misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed firearm, according to a Clarke County Jail booking report.
Athens-Clarke police said Crowell was arrested at about 2:20 a.m. at the vehicle checkpoint, when an officer smelled an odor of marijuana inside his car.
The officer found a 9mm Luger pistol under the driver’s seat with an altered serial number, according to police
An Athens-Clarke County Magistrate Court judge granted Crowell a $6,000 bond this morning and placed him on a 10 p.m. curfew.
Crowell was ranked the country’s No. 1 running back and No. 4 prospect overall by ESPN Recruiting in 2011, but he had a rocky first season with the Bulldogs last year.
The sophomore ran 195 times for 850 yards with five touchdowns as a freshman, but was dogged by disciplinary problems throughout the summer.
He was benched for the first quarter of the Vanderbilt matchup in October, and sat out the entire game against New Mexico State the following month after reportedly failing a drug test.