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Georgia's Crowell eyes Heisman run

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08:18 AM ET 03.22 | His Georgia teammates aren't alone in singing the praises of Isaiah Crowell this offseason. Apparently his coaches like what they've seen and heard as well. The Bulldogs opened spring practice Tuesday, and Crowell, an enigmatic tailback from Columbus, was the first to line up with the No. 1 offense. "That's where he's starting out," Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed without elaboration. ... [Crowell said a glut of tailbacks] have strengthened the backfield while intensifying his focus and dedication to becoming the best running back in college football. "My first goal is just to be a good teammate and help my team get to the national championship," he said. "My second goal is I'm trying to run for the Heisman."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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March 22, 2012  08:57 AM ET

This guy didn't do much last year. Why is he suddenly a Heisman candidate?

March 22, 2012  08:58 AM ET

This guy didn't do much last year. Why is he suddenly a Heisman candidate?

March 22, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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Well to be fair to the kid if ESPN isn't pimping him he has no shot.

Yep. ESPN got behind RGIII when it became so obvious they had to...and did so grudgingly. Without it, he wouldn't have won it either. They didn't want to pimp him, but had to. Bet that stuck in their craw.

March 22, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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This guy didn't do much last year. Why is he suddenly a Heisman candidate?

He had over 800 yards and 6 td while playing in limited action during the second half of the season due to injury and suspension... AP freshman of the year in the SEC. He has the skills, just seemed to have his head in his **** which can be expected of an 18 yo kid and the injury bug last year. Both seem to not be of concern currently plus he has pressure of a couple of top RB recruits pushing him which he didn't have last year.

March 22, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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Well to be fair to the kid if ESPN isn't pimping him he has no shot.

Too bad Matt Barkley plays in a FoxSports/ABC/Versus conference.

March 22, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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He had over 800 yards and 6 td while playing in limited action during the second half of the season due to injury and suspension... AP freshman of the year in the SEC. He has the skills, just seemed to have his head in his **** which can be expected of an 18 yo kid and the injury bug last year. Both seem to not be of concern currently plus he has pressure of a couple of top RB recruits pushing him which he didn't have last year.

There's a few other really good RB's in the SEC....Lattamore, K. Davis, 14-15 at LUS and Bama. IMO, this kid should worry a/b trying to be the best RB on his team first, his conference next, and not worry about the heisman

March 22, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Too bad Matt Barkley plays in a FoxSports/ABC/Versus conference.

That would be my guess who wins it at this point in time.

March 22, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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That would be my guess who wins it at this point in time.

FoxSports sells game rights to ESPN as the season progresses, so Matt might just get a shot.

March 22, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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That would be my guess who wins it at this point in time.

Would agree.....if they can win 10+ games and stay relevant. Lose to Stanford, Oregon, and ND & I would say he's out.

On the other hand, we were all saying that about Luck last year......may be another RGIII out there somewhere.

March 22, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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There's a few other really good RB's in the SEC....Lattamore, K. Davis, 14-15 at LUS and Bama. IMO, this kid should worry a/b trying to be the best RB on his team first, his conference next, and not worry about the heisman

That is a lot of worrying... I agree there are a lot of great backs in the SEC...I was just saying that he did pretty well as a freshman last year in limited action and has the potential to be that good.

March 22, 2012  10:15 AM ET

Here is what Vegas has to say about it:

Matt Barkley (QB USC) 7/2
Montee Ball (RB Wisconsin) 5/1
Denard Robinson (QB Michigan) 5/1
Landry Jones (QB Oklahoma) 13/2
Geno Smith (QB West Virginia) 7/1
Marcus Lattimore (RB South Carolina) 10/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 15/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 20/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 20/1
De???Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 25/1
Rex Burkhead (RB Nebraska) 25/1
Robert Woods (WR USC) 35/1
Tyler Wilson (QB Arkansas) 35/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 35/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 40/1
Keith Price (QB Washington) 50/1
Tyrann Mathieu (CB LSU) 50/1
Giovani Bernard (RB North Carolina) 55/1
Isaiah Crowell (RB Georgia) 60/1
James Franklin (QB Missouri) 75/1
Kenny Stills (WR Oklahoma) 75/1
Malcolm Brown (RB Texas) 75/1
Henry Josey (RB Missouri) 80/1

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March 22, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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My pickem is Dernard Robinson. Even a Buckeye homer such as myself knows excellence when he sees it. I'll just turn a blind eye to the fact that his shoes are untied and that he wears Maize and Blue.

You're gonna lose you Buckeye homer card!

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March 22, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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My pickem is Dernard Robinson. Even a Buckeye homer such as myself knows excellence when he sees it. I'll just turn a blind eye to the fact that his shoes are untied and that he wears Maize and Blue.

I odn't think DR will play the entire season. Kid takes too many brutal hits. His numbers are great in non-conf (although Gump will hurt that this year), but he falls off after the beatings he takes from level competition.

As a CFB fan, I love watching this kid play, but IMO he can't keep up the stats thru 12 games and stay healthy.

March 22, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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You're gonna lose you Buckeye homer card!

Hey, DC, the mesquites and mimosas have leaves here. Winter is officially over! LOL

 
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