The book on Crowder

Coach Nick Saban obviously is very familiar with SEC players, so perhaps it shouldn't have been no surprise that he went back to that conference for the Dolphins' third-round pick, that being Florida linebacker Channing Crowder.

Crowder is the son of former Dolphins and Bucs defensive tackle Randy Crowder. He comes to the Dolphins after a two-year career at Florida that was both very productive and very controversial.

Crowder didn't enroll at Florida immediately out of high school because he was recovering from knee surgery on both his knees, but Saban said Crowder was checked out and his knee didn't represent a major long-term risk.

Crowder also was arrested three different times during his stay at Florida, twice for fighting at nightclubs and once for vandalizing automobiles with other Florida players.

He was suspended for one game by former Gators head coach Ron Zook last year.

But Zook gave Crowder a recommendation when Saban asked about Crowder, and Saban said Crowder's transgressions were just a matter of "macho man issues" where Crowder just didn't back away after being provoked.

It must be pointed out that Crowder was a member of the National Honor Society while in high school.

In terms of production, there's been nothing wrong with Crowder's performance.

He won first-team All-SEC honors from the league coaches in 2004 despite missing the one start after finishing with 73 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, with two sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Saban said Crowder has the ability to play all three linebacker positions and he will provide depth at linebacker, which was missing since Morlon Greenwood left for Houston via free agency.

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