File this under "no one, surprising," but Isaiah Crowell will go from playing sporadically for Georgia because of injury to never again playing for Georgia because of weaponry. The university made it official a short time ago.
"We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season," said Richt. "Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort."
Just another player gone from a division that's already seen its share of injuries, suspensions and dismissals to scramble what was already a hazy outlook for the fall. If for no other reason than the difficulty of its schedule, Georgia still has to be the favorite, but it's margin for error just dropped dramatically.
Crowell rushed for 850 yards and five touchdowns on 185 carries in 2011; he accounted for about 37 percent of Georgia's rushing yardage and a third of the team's touchdowns. Add in the expected transfer of Carlton Thomas and the lost yardage goes up to 53 percent. Brandon Harton's 247 yards are the most among any running back actually returning to the team.
None of which, of course, is fatal the Dawgs' chances in a division where other competitors are going to be weathering their own injuries and attrition. But it's really one more headache Georgia doesn't need as it tries to put together back-to-back SEC East titles and guns for another shot at the conference championship in December.