Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell met the media for the first time today since preseason camp started.
“I don’t like speaking, but I know I have to,” he said with reporters gathered around him as he sat on a stool in the Butts-Mehre Building.
There was actually something pressing to talk to one of the nation’s most watched newcomers heading into this season.
Crowell woke up today bothered by a sore groin, but he says the Bulldog Nation should not be walking the ledge.
“They shouldn’t be panicked because it’s not really that serious,” he said.
Said Coach Mark Richt: “We shut him down today. It will be day-by-day. We’ll see how he feels here.”
Richt added: “His groin is bothering him some. Woke up and was just very, very stiff and we didn’t think it would be wise to have him go full speed on a full-speed competition day. I think it’s more soreness. I don’t think he pulled it at any one given time. So we’ll just kind of go day-by-day and see when he’s ready to go.”
Richt was asked if the injury was worrisome to the coach.
“No. I wished he’d get every rep, but it happens in camp sometimes.”
Crowell said “It’s alright. I was running hard. I’m just kind of sore. I’m just sitting and learning what to do.”
Tailback Update: Junior Richard Samuel sustained a strained left quadriceps muscle during today’s practice, Georgia confirmed late this afternoon. He is day-to-day. Already at the position, Ken Malcome was missing from practice today because Richt said “he was “just not feeling good,” but was not related to his groin injury. Brandon Harton practiced in a non-contact jersey after being out with a mild concussion.
Here are some excerpts from Crowell:
On pace of college ball: “It’s going good. Learning the plays, just really trying to help the team win. That’s my main thing.”
On strides made: “Yes, I made a lot of improvements on protections, just really like learning what to do on the field in blocking protections and running plays and different stuff like that.”
On pass protection: “That’s the biggest thing I’ve got to learn to do.”
On players he looks up to: “Bruce Figgins, Jarvis Jones because they’re from Columbus. We’re from the same city. That’s like who I talk to about mostly everything I’m going through up here.”
On his goals: “I’m trying to play early and really just learn what to do and help the team win.”
On being around Athens and folks recognizing him: “It’s been kind of overwhelming sometimes. Athens is a great place and I’m having fun here.”
On not having Caleb King or Washaun Ealey to help: “It’s been kind of rough. I used to talk to Caleb and Washaun about a lot of things, but it’s been alright since I’ve got Richard (Samuel) to talk to.”
On the scrimmage: “I really didn’t have any goals. I just wanted to go out there and play hard.”
On the Columbus guys on the team: “Being with them, it helped me a lot. I always know I can go to somebody and talk about problems or anything.”
On handling all the hype and media: “It’s alright,. I think I handle it well. I don’t let it get to me. I try to keep a level head. That’s what I do.”
On Boise State on Sept. 3: “I just want to get out on the field and play and just really help my team win. That’s the main thing for me.”
On too much pressure of being the savior of team and program: “No, sir. I don’t really think about it a lot, My coach tells me I’m not the savior, I’m just coming out here trying to work hard and help my team.”
On talking to Herschel Walker this summer: “He was telling me keep a level head and work hard and help my team. Work hard and do whatever I can to help my team win.”
On biggest hit on him so far: “No one really hit me that hard. No one yet.”
On if he’s run over anyone: “Maybe a couple. I don’t really know. I’m not going to mention names or nothing.
On if he can do what Marcus Lattimore and Michael Dyer did as freshmen: “I think I can. I think Lattimore had a great season last year. I think he helped his team a lot. I think I can do the same.”
On the speed of game: “I fit right in.”
On having fun at tailback: “It’s fun sometimes. It’s a lot of work. It’s tiring. It’s hard, but I love football. I’ve been doing this all my life, but it’s fun for me.”
On how much offense he’s confident he can run: “Like 90 percent. I know most of what I’m doing. I’ve just got to learn a few more things and I’ll be set.”
On hardest thing about camp: “Time management and waking up early (7 a.m.) because I’m not a morning person.”
On what’s hard physically: “It hasn’t been that hard for me. I feel like I fit right in.”
On rumors about not showing up in shape this summer: “I heard all that. It wasn’t nothing to it. People are going to say what they want to say.”
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