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Scout on Crowell's dismissal

Georgia has two highly-touted tailbacks poised to play as freshmen

Updated: July 1, 2012, 10:24 PM ET
By Craig Haubert | ESPN Recruiting
Five-star running back Isaiah Crowell's freshman season at Georgia was a mix of promise and frustration. The highly touted in-state prospect had his moments as he led the team in rushing as a true freshman, but in the end it seems the frustration involved with his brief tenure won out: After one season, Crowell is gone.

Losing the talented running back is a blow for the Bulldogs, but it's not devastating. First off, you weren't sure what you were going to get with Crowell. Yes, he was very talented but if he wasn't ever going to fully "get it," then it might have been better to cut ties now and move on. Also, Georgia -- despite having the five-star freshman on its roster -- didn't stop trying to strengthen the position with talent and depth. The Bulldogs luckily signed two running backs in their 2012 class -- their second straight five-star running back in Keith Marshall and four-star back Todd Gurley, both out of North Carolina.

The original plan was to bring those guys in to add quality depth and initially help take some of the load off of Crowell to try and maximize his ability, but the impact of those two signings may now prove to be much greater.