Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West fantasy options after Ben Tate injury

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I’m sure this comes as a huge shock to you, but Ben Tate got hurt in his first game with the Cleveland Browns.

Tate suffered a knee injury during the Browns’ opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was declared out for the rest of the game. In his place, rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell (pictured) saw plenty of action and are now on the fantasy radar.

West and Crowell split carries after Tate exited the game. Crowell even scored two touchdowns in the third quarter.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine hinted at disappointment with West during the preseason but was not shy about using him in the opener. As of midway through the fourth quarter, West had more than doubled both Tate and Crowell in carries.

Crowell, despite being an undrafted free agent, was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school and was SEC Freshman of the Year, so the kid definitely has talent. He looks like the better player of the two, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they started giving him more action than West before long.

Keep your eye on this situation and monitor both Crowell and West for potential fantasy additions pending Tate’s status. West is probably owned in many leagues as a handcuff to Tate.

Isaiah Crowell kicked off Georgia football team for weapons arrest

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.”

But the ever-so-righteous Bulldogs coach didn’t so much as mention Crowell’s name in a statement part of the brief news release that announced the dismissal.

“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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Isaiah Crowell Signs with Georgia, Breaks Out Puppy Bulldog on TV

Isaiah Crowell is one of the top rated running backs in the country and one of the most-coveted high school players (he was ranked as the top RB on ESPN and Rivals’ lists). On Signing Day Wednesday, he announced he was choosing Georgia over Alabama. The Carver High product combines with several other in-state recruits to form what coach Mark Richt terms a “dream team” of local players.

Richt’s squad has been struggling lately, going 8-5 in 2009 and 6-7 this past year which was Richt’s first losing season. He had a well-publicized plan to recruit in state and keep local players at home — hence the “dream team” concept. Crowell helped make Richt’s dream come true by finally accepting the scholarship offer that was extended to him when he was a freshman.

So what’s the story behind the bulldog puppy you ask?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found out that “Crowell’s friend and backup running back Cequanti Ford brought out his bulldog puppy for him to hold.” Keeping in stride with the antics many high schoolers devise on Signing Day, “the two had hatched the plan Tuesday to add flair to the ever-growing pomp of signing-day announcements. Ford had to smuggle in the puppy — named Uga, naturally — to keep the decision a secret.”

I ripped into a Rutgers signee for his self-centered jerk move during his announcement and I’m no fan of the egotistical display put on by many of these teenagers. Breaking out the puppy however didn’t hurt another school, and let’s face it, it was kind of cute. Now all that remains is seeing if Crowell can live up to his high school billing. Let’s just say if he comes close to matching Knowshon Moreno’s production he’ll be in fine shape.