Tight end Arthur Lynch stuck up for Isaiah Crowell prior to spring practice, saying the running back had matured since his troubled freshman season.
Then Crowell was arrested on felony weapons charges in June and kicked off the team.
“Yeah, it kind of stung a little bit sticking up for him,” Lynch said. “But I don’t retract any of the statements I made. Everything I said was true. He worked very hard up to that point. He was showing signs of improvement and I was excited for the opportunity he had this season. Unfortunately that opportunity is going to be somewhere else.”
While Crowell is now at Alabama State, Ken Malcome, Richard Samuel, Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley began their preseason competition on Thursday on the first day of preseason practices.
“Those guys are pretty talented too,” head coach Mark Richt said. “There are a lot of talented running backs. Just look across America. We have some outstanding ones right here that we are very excited about.”
There was debate about where freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons from Valdosta would line up for the Bulldogs.
Turns out he worked with the defensive backs Thursday, indicating his home may be at safety.
The 6-foot-5, 207-pound Harvey-Clemons is wearing jersey No. 25.
Among the other freshmen numbers: cornerback Sheldon Dawson No. 2; tailback Todd Gurley No. 3, kicker Marshall Morgan No. 13, punter Collin Barner No. 32; fullback Quayvon Hicks No. 48, Jenkins No. 59; offensive tackle John Theus No. 71; linebacker James DeLoach No. 89.
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With fewer than 70 players on the roster recruited to Georgia on scholarship, just how physical practices will be is a question.
“You just have to keep an eye on it,” Richt said. “But we’ll have enough of a physical practice in my mind that we’ll be ready to tackle like we should be able to and block like we should be able to when the season starts.” …
Branden Smith, who plays in the secondary, returns punts and is a threat on offense, was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list for nation’s most versatile player. Georgia’s Brandon Boykin won the award last year.