ATHENS, Ga. — The running back that still has an outside shot at a 1,000-yard season and was named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year worked with Georgia¹s second-team in its bowl practice on Saturday.
Isaiah Crowell said the left ankle sprain that bothered him is no longer the issue, but indicated how he approaches things on a daily basis is the reason for his current backup status.
“I think I need to be more accountable and just handle my responsibilities better,” Crowell said when asked about being behind Ken Malcome, a player who quit the team briefly earlier this season. “Teammates and coaches are counting on me to do what I’m supposed to do.”
Crowell is viewed by many as a player who carries significant baggage from his missteps off the field to the frequency he asks off the field due to nagging injuries.
Crowell, who has rushed for 847 yards and five touchdowns, numbers that have been overshadowed by injury and suspension.
“It’s been a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “I remember the mistakes I made and the good things I did. All I’ve got to stay in my mind is to keep working hard and be the best teammate and person I can be.”
In the same week in which Crowell was named the SEC freshman of the year by the Associated Press, he was bypassed at Georgia’s team gala for its newcomer of the year award as determined by coaches.
Five freshmen were recognized, but Crowell wasn’t one of them.
• Coach Mark Richt has had to deny a new rumor, that he would be in the mix at Penn State.
He had been rumored to be in the running for the Texas A&M job before the Aggies hired Houston coach Kevin Sumlin last week.
Richt had to deny that he had “not heard a thing or word from Penn State, and I’ve never been a guy to try and leverage a situation.”
• The time is coming closer for backup quarterback Hutson Mason to decide on his future with the Bulldogs.
He said earlier this season that he will come up with an answer after the bowl game about whether to transfer or remain with the Bulldogs behind Aaron Murray.
Mason has played in just four games each of the past two seasons. “I still have two years left,” he said Saturday. “I would like to play those two years. There’s some different options.”
FLORIDA: Coach Will Muschamp has interviewed Jacksonville University coach and former Gators quarterback Kerwin Bell for the team’s offensive coordinator job.