Crowell Arrested; Dismissed by Richt

ATHENS, Ga. – Running back Isaiah Crowell's Georgia career is over.

Crowell was dismissed from the team Friday, hours after he was arrested near campus.

Georgia coach Mark Richt informed the media of Crowell's dismissal via a statement:

""We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season," Richt said. "Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort."

Crowell, who was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon (a misdemeanor), possessing a weapon in a school zone (a felony) and carrying an altered ID mark (a felony), was considered by most to be the starting running back for the Bulldogs heading into the 2012 season.

Crowell was released on bond Friday afternoon. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.

"Things happen," Crowell told Dawg Post upon his release. "I don't really have a comment right now."

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The police report written by arresting officer Kathryn Thornton noted that she had been working a road block on East Campus Road and Green Street near the Ramsey Center on campus.

The report says that Crowell had four other teammates in the car with him: True freshman Blake Tibbs, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Sheldon Dawson and sophomore Quintavious Harrow.

After approaching the road block the officer reported that Crowell didn't have his seatbelt on, and that Thornton said she smelled marijuana from the car.

Crowell said he'd been at the club "Aftermath" and that was likely where the smell was coming from. Thornton asked if marijuana had been smoked in the car. Crowell said no, but that the smell was likely from the club.

Crowell then agreed to a search of his person.

"I didn't locate any contraband on his person," Thornton said in the report.

Other officers asked why Crowell was so nervous. Officers searched Harrow, Clemons, Dawson and Tibbs, but none had contraband on them, the report said.

Thornton checked under the driver's seat, and located a Luger 9mm pistol at which time she placed Crowell, who had claimed the car as his, under arrest, the report said.

Police said the altered ID mark charge resulted from a tampered serial number on the weapon.

Crowell said other people drive his car and that he does not have a handgun permit. The officer also indicated in her report that Crowell does not have a criminal history.

Georgia law indicates that persons convicted of statues 16-11-127.1 and 16-9-70. face a minimum of three years imprisonment.

Crowell's dismissal is another offseason hit for the Bulldogs. As first reported by Dawg Post earlier this year, starting linebacker Alec Ogletree and All-American safety Bacarri Rambo are both facing suspensions for at least the first two games, and possibly the first four games, of the season. Brandon Smith, who will likely start at cornerback and has played some running back, will miss at least one game after being arrested for possession of marijuana in Alabama.

Read the full text of the Georgia state law statutes cited in the Isaiah Crowell arrest.

The Bulldogs have been seen as the favorites to win the SEC East by most publications, but Crowell's departure could change that.

The former five-star high school recruit was considered a huge get for the Bulldogs over Alabama on Signing Day 2011. His talent was evident when he performed well in games against Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

But Crowell was undependable as he was suspended for the first quarter of the Bulldogs' win over Vanderbilt and the entire game against New Mexico State. He also struggled with injuries after suffering a high ankle sprain in the Kentucky game. He didn't play against Georgia Tech the following week, and was used sparingly against LSU in the SEC Championship Game. He then missed the second half of the Outback Bowl after re-injuring his ankle.

The Bulldogs will now turn to a slew of mostly inexperienced running backs to fill the void for Crowell. Sophomore Ken Malcome and newcomer Keith Marshall are expected to compete for the starting spot this fall if Crowell is dismissed from the team.

He finished his freshman season with 850 yards and five touchdowns, but was riddled with injuries and sat out some time due to suspensions.

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