Isaiah Crowell, he missed two games last year and still had 901 yards on the ground as a true freshman. It’s safe to say that Bulldog nation had high hopes for Crowell heading into his sophomore year. Alas Crowell was arrested on multiple weapons charges, and dismissed from the school on June 29th.
You know as well as I do that this is the SEC, if a guy was going to be the best running back in the conference (arguably anyway), and he still got kicked out of school, whew, that must have been some serious trouble he was in.
Crowell’s departure means that the Georgia rushing attack will fall onto the small but fast shoulders of senior Carlton Thomas, and true freshmen Todd Gurley of Tarboro, NC. The good news for Bulldog fans is that running back is one of the easiest positions for a true freshman to make a huge impact: See Lewis, Jamal, Lattimore, Marcus or Crowell, Isaiah.
Most Important Returning Player
Aaron Murray. Murray is one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC already, (Personally I have him second behind Tyler Wilson and Tyler Bray). Losing Crowell puts more pressure on the junior from Tampa. Having a stud tailback like Crowell behind you makes the job of a quarterback much much easier. I don’t doubt that Murray will be successful, just that early in the season, he may have to shoulder more of the Georgia load.
Highest Ranked Recruit
John Theus – Offensive tackle, Jacksonville, FL. Theus is the third highest ranked offensive lineman in the 2012 recruiting class nationwide, and depending on the ranking system you follow, the #23 player in the entire country. Theus joined the Bulldogs this summer, so he obviously didn’t crack the spring two-deep.; if he is as good as advertised though he should see the field.
Most Important Off-season Acquisition
I am going to go with Todd Gurley. If he can provide most of what Crowell gave them last fall, then nobody will be notice. If he can’t, then Dawg fans will bemoan their luck all season.
After looking at this turd of a schedule, I am going to say Florida. It’s a rivalry game, it’s the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. (Even if it isn’t anymore) It’ll have Verne and Gary. Georgia fans would say that it’ll be the SEC Championship game. See below for that I think of that.
September 1- v Buffalo – W
September 8 @ Missouri – W
September 15 v Florida Atlantic – W
September 22 v Vanderbilt – W
September 29 v Tennessee – L
October 6 @ South Carolina – L
October 20 @ Kentucky – W
October 27 v Florida in Jacksonville – L
November 3 v Ole Miss – W
November 10 @ Auburn – L
November 17 v Georgia Southern –W
November 24 v Georgia Tech –L
Final record 7-5 See ya later Mark Richt.