Crowell Deals With All the Hype a UGA

ATHENS, Ga. (WTVM) - They're already calling him the savior of the Georgia football team.

Of course, Isaiah Crowell doesn't feel that way.

"I don't really think about it a lot because my coach tells me I'm not the savior," the freshman running back said on Friday. "I'm just trying to come out here, work hard and help my team."

The former Carver Tiger has been one of the most-hyped freshmen in recent memory. His teammates seem to agree that he's been living up to his press clippings.

"Isaiah who is a very explosive back, who can make the big plays when you need him," said senior center Ben Jones.

Fellow Columbus native Bruce Figgins was equally complimentary. "He looks real good, he looks the part," the senior fullback and former Shaw Raider said. "He's learning well and he's asking questions."

Jarvis Jones knows Crowell better than any of the other Bulldogs. The junior linebacker was a prep teammate and he too is a big booster of the big prize of the "Dream Team" recruiting class.

"He's got a lot of support especially from the offensive guys, the defensive guys and the coaches," Jones said. "Everybody loves him, he don't say much but everybody loves him."

On Friday, Crowell gave everyone a scare when he hobbled around, going through drills at walking speed. Coach Mark Richt explained that the freshman was just sore from the first week of workouts.

"Isaiah's groin is bothering him some," said Richt. When he woke up, the muscles were just very, very stiff."

"They shouldn't be panicking because it really isn't even that serious," Crowell said. "I'm healthy. I'm alright."