Isaiah Crowell is the real deal. Anybody that has watched any of his carries can see it. He has great athleticism, with good speed and very good power for a guy of his size.
Through the first five games of the season, three of them being starts, Crowell has rushed 99 times for 515 yards and two touchdowns while also catching three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown for the 3-2 (2-1) Georgia Bulldogs.
Crowell has been at his best against SEC teams, as he has had at least 100 yards against all three opponents he has faced in the toughest conference in the nation.
Crowell has shoed the ability to carry the load as he had 30 carries against Ole Miss that was followed by 22 carries against Mississippi State. Those 52 carries totaled up to 251 yards on the ground.
For as much flack the offensive line has gotten for its problems pass protecting, it should get praise for its ability to run block. They have opened holes for Crowell, who can then use his great vision, power, and speed to make defenders miss and just fight for every yard.
On one play against Mississipi State, Crowell took a handoff left, outrun everyone to the sideline, turned up-field, then juked past a guy with an angle on him, the ran into the endzone. It was a play that showed off his good speed but also his ability to make people miss in the open field. The play was called back because the referees said he went out of bounds after 14 yards, but it was still a very impressive run.
Crowell is currently fourth in the conference in rushing yards and has been as impressive as pretty much any player in the league. The only thing he’s been missing has been a lack of touchdowns, as he only has two. His overall play more than makes up for that though, as he has helped the team score points consistently.
His next challenge will be against Tennessee this weekend in Knoxville, and the Volunteers have been pretty solid against the run for most of the year. Florida’s Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps did combine for 156 yards on 31 carries against them, but other teams have had troubles moving the ball at all really on them.
Crowell will have to bring his A-game, along with the offensive line. If he can just have a decent amount of success, the offense should be able to move the ball through the air. This is a very important game for the Dawgs and they need Crowell to make some plays.
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