I havealways believed in second chances and sometimes even third chances for studentathletes. Sometimes is requires a change of venue, culture or even coach tobring out the best in someone. But the bottom line in all those scenarios is maturity.The people that I know close to the Georgia program are truly not surprised bythe actions that got Isaiah Crowell dismissed this past week. From the day hestepped on campus he was a guy who level of maturity was far below his actualtalent. Many freshmenhave to go through the process from being pumped as the guy to being a greatteammate, student and player. There is no doubt in my mind when Crowell washealthy and in the line up the Dogs were a much better offense in 2011. He wontbe in the offense in 2012 and for Mike Bobo and Aaron Murray who seek balanceand the ability to play action they hope another freshman can carry the load.Georgia might be a mature running back away from not only going back to Atlanta,but winning the SEC in 2012.Heisman ForecastIblogged about being added to the Biletnikoff voting panel and gave out mypreseason list of guys to watch. I am also a Heisman voter and have been forfive years now. I take my job seriously and believe it is a great honor to havethat opportunity as well. The Heisman is the most fluid watch list in sportsbecause the media (guys like me) try to lead you to believe that one play orgame is the "defining" moment.History tells us that what is fact, but recenthistory tells us it goes to the best player. It's an offensive award and guysare putting up sick numbers everywhere so one play does not necessarily definea guy as much as it did twenty years ago.Ithink winning has a big part in determining this year's race.MattBarkley, USC- He will put up great numbers and if he gets to Miami then he willlikely win it.MonteeBall, Wisconsin- Great numbers from last year and the healthiest back returningfor the Heisman push. Can Wisconsin winthe league again and get him to New York.MarcusLattimore, South Carolina-Has to be healthy, dominant and the Gamecocks need towin the East.AaronMurray, Georgia- Could finish 11-1 and playing for a BCS game in Atlanta. Ifhis interceptions are below 7 he could win it.TylerWilson, Arkansas- if Bobby Petrino was back he might be the favorite but he isnot which could mean an early exit from the race. He is a wildcard.DenardRobinson, Michigan. - it seems like he has been there forever but a Big Tentitle gets him to New York and if he gets his team to Miami, well then.Others-LandryJones, Oklahoma-He must prove he can put up big numbers without Ryan Broylesand run the table.GenoSmith, West Virginia- He will put up big numbers and if WVU wins the Big 12 hecould win it.TajhBoyd, Clemson- He could split votes with Sammy Watkins but I have to believeSammy's numbers will be lower this year. If Clemson can peel off anotherdivision title, Boyd could end up in New York.D'AnthonyThomas, Oregon- Speed kills and the Ducks still have plenty. They are still thePAC 12 champs till someone knocks them out.Sleepers--EJManual QB FSU-ZachMettenberger, LSU-RBOklahoma State-CollinKlein, QB Kansas State-Giovanni Bernard, RB UNC- AJMcCarron, QB Alabama-KnileDavis, RB Arkansas- SammyWatkins, Clemson QuickHits--WelcomeMissouri and Texas A&M to the SEC both environments will be great additions.-IsaiahCrowell was the 5th leading freshman rusher in the country lastyear.-Crowellhad 39 carries go for first downs his freshman season.-WithCrowell in the line-up Georgia went from 81 big play runs in 2010 to 98 in2011.-Crowellhad only 15 carries his last four games due to injuries etc.-InGeorgias last two losses to LSU and Michigan State they ran for a total of 129yards.
Crowell is done at Georgia
July 1, 2012, 1:06 pm