Georgia has dismissed Isaiah Crowell from the team after the sophomore running back was arrested and brought up on felony gun charges early Friday morning. Here’s The AP:
Crowell was arrested at a vehicle checkpoint on the Georgia campus at around 2:20 a.m., according to Athens-Clarke Police Department spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow. Among the charges he faces are carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon on school property.
Crowell consented to a search after officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle. Police found a 9-millimeter Luger pistol under the driver’s seat with an altered serial number.
The tailback was released on $9,500 bond. He faces a fine of up to $10,000 and, if found guilty, two to 10 years in the clink for possessing the weapon and one to five years for the tampered serial number.
Crowell, 19, spent just a year on campus following a decorated prep career. Rated a five-star caliber recruit by Rivals, he was one of the top-ranked running backs in the class of 2011. On National Signing Day, he brought out a bulldog puppy to announce his intent to play for Georgia.
Even as a freshman, the puppy lover was Georgia’s top rusher with 850 yards. He was suspended for the Bulldogs’ game against New Mexico State after he and two other teammates failed a drug test. However, in March, Mark Richt commended Crowell for “definitely growing up.”
“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.”
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