Burned Lottery Ticket
I'm quite sure not too many folks are surprised to hear that Isaiah Crowell will no longer be toting the rock for Georgia. In fact, almost everyone I talked to after his suspension for the NM State game last year thought he'd never make it to his Jr season. Combine UGA's drug policy and his brief history - let's just say it was a safe bet that IC was destined for a short career in Athens. Which is really unfortunate. I don't pretend to understand what life is like for kids from his background. I haven't lived it nor do I know many folks that have. That said, these kids are given the opportunity of a lifetime to better themselves and their families for generations. If IC had went on to play four years and was merely a solid RB, never making it to the next level, he would have forever been a running back at the University of Georgia. That may not lead to the Power Ball winnings and fame of NFL riches, but it's damn sure better than a scratch-off ticket!
'Pick - what the heck are you talking about? ...Well, read these two stat lines and let your memory from the game tell the story:
1) Isaiah Crowell, former UGA running back, 2011 Georgia/Florida game:
Stats - ran for 81 yards, long of 22, 4.5 per carry and 0 TD
2) Richard Samuel, UGA Running Back, 2011 Georgia/Florida game:
Stats - ran for 58 yards, long of 9, 3.4 per carry and 1 TD
I made this statement back then and it's been proven true again today. One's a future tailgate story legend. The other is just another in a line of many that makes you shake your head and say damn! - what could've been.
Til next time,