According to ESPN.COM, Alabama State University has confirmed that former UGA RB Isaiah Crowell has enrolled and will be eligible to play football in 2012.,
A Dream Deferred
by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
The saddest thing about the now defunct union of the nations’ number 1 running back prospect in 2011 (according to ESPN.COM at the time) and the Georgia Bulldawgs football team is not that he was the number 1 running back prospect, or that he is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year for 2011 after rushing for 850 yards and five touchdowns. The saddest part about this is not that football head coach Mark Richt’s vacation was ruined by this news. The It’s that for a 19 year old college aged young adult — yeah, I said adult — that he still takes so much for granted.
If I were Crowell’s older sister, I would tell him being talented is so hard, especially when you are highly sought after. Keeping a level head on your shoulders when you are considered the best and brightest and leader of “a dream team” can make you feel either insecure or invincible. Looks like he thought the latter last Friday morning when he was arrested in Athens-Clarke County and charged with a felony count of possessing a weapon in a school zone, a felony count of altered identification mark and a misdemeanor count of possession/carrying a concealed weapon (ESPN.COM). The 9 millimeter Luger was under the driver’s seat, and had altered serial numbers. He could face a $10,000 fine and/or up to 2 to 10 years in jail if convicted. No court dates have been arraigned, and according to the AJC’s Chip Towers, since he is a first time offender, he may just receive probation. Once he was out of jail, he was no longer a member of the UGA football team. His prompt dismissal is a sure sign that UGA’s no tolerance policy for these types of incidents is across the board. According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Crowell will be represented by famed Atlanta attorney Steve Sadow, who confirmed it with Fletcher Page. Sadow notably represented rapper and Atlantan T.I. and the co-defendant in the Ray Lewis murder trial Joseph Sweeting.
Now news comes this morning that Crowell will be enrolling in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division 2-A) Alabama State at some point next week, though ASU has yet to confirm that rumor, according to UGASports.com. The best situation for Crowell is this — in FCS, the student athlete is not required to sit out a year of eligibility as they are in FBS, so he could play in 2012. The Alabama State Hornets are members of the SWAC conference, made up of historically black colleges. The football team finished 8-3 (7-2 in conference play) for 2nd place in their division in 2011. The university is located in Montgomery.
Is our dream team — the talented and top ranked players who came in 2011 — deferred? If injuries and suspensions for poor decisions continue to hamper the team, it may be. However, with 7 home football games, no match-ups during the regular season against SEC West juggernauts Alabama, LSU, or Arkansas, and the first SEC game of Mizzou’s SEC schedule, Georgia might be in good shape. Here are the running backs who remain (via georgiadogs.com):
|20||Brandon Harton||TB||JR||5-6||174||Reidsville, Ga./Tattnall County|
|33||Kyle Karempelis||TB||SO||5-9||180||Roswell, Ga./Wesleyan School|
|24||Ken Malcome||TB||RS SO||6-0||226||Decatur, Ga./Southwest Dekalb|
|4||Keith Marshall||TB||FR||5-11||202||Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook|
|23||Alex Parsons||TB||JR||5-10||194||Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County/BYU|
Expect Malcome to have significant playing time has he is the best bet to succeed by the looks of this collection. TSFSG wishes former Bulldawg Crowell the best, but he has to learn to whom much is given much is tested and expected. This is more than about his upbringing, which is an argument I’ve heard a lot lately. Some people overcome their surroundings. Others use it as a crutch. Hopefully joining Alabama State will turn his luck and his life around.
Sources used in this article from AJC, ESPN.COM, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, The Macon Telegraph’s Seth Emerson, UGASports.com, roster information from Georgiadogs.com, the official site of Alabama State Hornets, bamastatesports.com.