Georgia freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell met the media for the first time today since preseason camp started.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt like speaking, but I know I have to,‚Äù 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.
‚ÄúThey shouldn‚Äôt be panicked because it‚Äôs not really that serious,‚Äù he said.
Said Coach Mark Richt: ‚ÄúWe shut him down today. It will be day-by-day. We‚Äôll see how he feels here.‚Äù
Richt added: ‚ÄúHis groin is bothering him some. Woke up and was just very, very stiff and we didn‚Äôt think it would be wise to have him go full speed on a full-speed competition day. I think it‚Äôs more soreness. I don‚Äôt think he pulled it at any one given time. So we‚Äôll just kind of go day-by-day and see when he‚Äôs ready to go.‚Äù
Richt was asked if the injury was worrisome to the coach.
‚ÄúNo. I wished he‚Äôd get every rep, but it happens in camp sometimes.‚Äù
Crowell said ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs alright. I was running hard. I‚Äôm just kind of sore. I‚Äôm just sitting and learning what to do.‚Äù
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: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs going good. Learning the plays, just really trying to help the team win. That‚Äôs my main thing.‚Äù
On strides made: ‚ÄúYes, 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.‚Äù
On pass protection: ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the biggest thing I‚Äôve got to learn to do.‚Äù
On players he looks up to: ‚ÄúBruce Figgins, Jarvis Jones because they‚Äôre from Columbus. We‚Äôre from the same city. That‚Äôs like who I talk to about mostly everything I‚Äôm going through up here.‚Äù
On his goals: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm trying to play early and really just learn what to do and help the team win.‚Äù
On being around Athens and folks recognizing him: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been kind of overwhelming sometimes. Athens is a great place and I‚Äôm having fun here.‚Äù
On not having Caleb King or Washaun Ealey to help: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been kind of rough. I used to talk to Caleb and Washaun about a lot of things, but it‚Äôs been alright since I‚Äôve got Richard (Samuel) to talk to.‚Äù
On the scrimmage: ‚ÄúI really didn‚Äôt have any goals. I just wanted to go out there and play hard.‚Äù
On the Columbus guys on the team: ‚ÄúBeing with them, it helped me a lot. I always know I can go to somebody and talk about problems or anything.‚Äù
On handling all the hype and media: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs alright,. I think I handle it well. I don‚Äôt let it get to me. I try to keep a level head. That‚Äôs what I do.‚Äù
¬†On Boise State on Sept. 3: ‚ÄúI just want to get out on the field and play and just really help my team win. That‚Äôs the main thing for me.‚Äù
On too much pressure of being the savior of team and program: ‚ÄúNo, sir. I don‚Äôt really think about it a lot, My coach tells me I‚Äôm not the savior, I‚Äôm just coming out here trying to work hard and help my team.‚Äù
On talking to Herschel Walker this summer: ‚ÄúHe 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.‚Äù
¬†On biggest hit on him so far: ‚ÄúNo one really hit me that hard. No one yet.‚Äù
On if he’s run over anyone: ‚ÄúMaybe a couple. I don‚Äôt really know. I‚Äôm not going to mention names or nothing.
On if he can do what Marcus Lattimore and Michael Dyer did as freshmen: ‚ÄúI 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.‚Äù
On the speed of game: ‚ÄúI fit right in.‚Äù
¬†On having fun at tailback: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs fun sometimes. It‚Äôs a lot of work. It‚Äôs tiring. It‚Äôs hard, but I love football. I‚Äôve been doing this all my life, but it‚Äôs fun for me.‚Äù
On how much offense he‚Äôs confident he can run: ‚ÄúLike 90 percent. I know most of what I‚Äôm doing. I‚Äôve just got to learn a few more things and I‚Äôll be set.‚Äù
On hardest thing about camp: ‚ÄúTime management and waking up early (7 a.m.) because I‚Äôm not a morning person.‚Äù
On what‚Äôs hard physically: ‚ÄúIt hasn‚Äôt been that hard for me. I feel like I fit right in.‚Äù
On rumors about not showing up in shape this summer: ‚ÄúI heard all that. It wasn‚Äôt nothing to it. People are going to say what they want to say.‚Äù
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