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Isaiah Crowell | Running Back

Team: Alabama State Hornets
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210

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Recent News's Bryan Fischer ranks Cleveland's addition of Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell as the top UDFA signing of 2014.
Crowell, a former-five star recruit, slipped out of the draft due his off-field transgressions. "A former SEC freshman of the year at Georgia, he's proved to be a strong runner who can take it the distance," Fischer wrote. "He's not as adept as others at catching the ball out of the backfield, but he's a nice overall player who could stick as a backup behind Ben Tate." Rounding out the writer's top five UDFA signing list was Stanford LB Shane Skov (49ers), Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat (Seahawks), LSU DT Anthony Johnson (Dolphins), and South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles (Giants). Mon, May 12, 2014 09:58:00 PM

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Browns signed Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell.

Crowell (5-foot-11, 224) went to Georgia as five-star prep recruit and started as a true freshman, posting a 185-850-4.6-5 stat line in 2011. He was arrested on felony weapons charges the following June, and promptly dismissed from the team. Resurfacing at Alabama State, he rushed 170 times for 1,121 yards (6.59 YPC) and 15 touchdowns in 2013, adding seven catches. Although Crowell has obvious off-field concerns, he's among the most talented running backs in the 2014 class with explosive lateral agility and a powerful lower body. He ran 4.57 at the Combine with a 9-foot-9 broad jump and 38-inch vertical. Also an able pass protector, Crowell won't need long to contribute to the Browns if his head is on straight. He's a high-ceiling Dynasty prospect and will give Terrance West all he can handle behind Ben Tate.
Sun, May 11, 2014 02:30:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang sees sleeper potential in Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell.

Rang acknowledges that he's cheating a little bit by calling Crowell a sleeper, as the public is well aware of the former five-star recruit and 2011 SEC Offensive Rookie of the Year for Georgia. "While Crowell's maturity certainly is a question mark, his talent is not," the analyst wrote. "He shows impressive first-step acceleration to throw off pursuit angles of would-be tacklers and flashes power to go along with his well-built frame. Teams were willing to look past off-field indiscretions of gifted backs like Christine Michael (Seahawks), Bryce Brown (Eagles) and LeGarrette Blount (Titans) in recent years and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see some club get rewarded by gambling on Crowell late, as well."
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 11:06:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell is the most talented running back in this year's draft.

"Arguably the most talented running back in this draft class, the former SEC Freshman of the Year has a high NFL ceiling if he stays clean and committed," Brugler wrote on Friday. Crowell was dismissed from Georgia prior to the 2012 season for a weapons-related arrest and transferred to FCS-level Alabama State. The former five-star Georgia recruit has the talent at the next level, but teams will definitely be looking to see if he has moved forward from his past. Our own Josh Norris has Crowell as his No.3 running back in the class.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 12:29:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell would be mocked int he first-round if he was clean off the field.

"I hope he doesn't waste his talent in the NFL," Brugler writes. We share that sentiment. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Crowell as his No. 3 running back in the class and notes he could be this year's Christine Michael. Crowell is very decisive and displays a physical style to break contact. He was dismissed from Georgia following two felony weapons charges.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell projects as a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick, writes Gil Brandt of

Crowell strangely lost more than half an inch in measurement from the combine to Alabama State's pro day, going from 5-foot-11 to 5-foot-10 3/8. He decided to keep his 4.57 forty time from the Scouting Combine, but collected a 4.51 short shuttle and a 7.25 cone drill. The former five-star Georgia recruit is interesting because he's a boom-or-bust prospect that will come at a minimal cost. Were it not for off-the-field issues, Crowell might have been a second- or even a first-rounder in May. It should be noted that Crowell earned praise from those around him at the Alabama State program.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 10:34:00 PM

Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell will be "difficult to coach," according to NFL Media draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki.

"Beats to the tune of his own drummer," wrote Nawrocki. "Extremely immature and has a history of off-field issues." The former Georgia Bulldog put up huge numbers against inferior competition this past season. Evaluators will get Crowell under sizzling interview lights and ask him some tough questions about a weapons charge that was later dismissed. To his credit, Crowell earned praise from people around the Alabama State program.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 09:13:00 PM

Alabama State junior, and former Georgia Bulldog, RB Isaiah Crowell will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Crowell has rushed for 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns this season on 163 carries. He has added seven receptions for 27 yards. Crowell's biggest knock will be off-field questions, but since leaving Georgia on a weapons charge, which was later dismissed, the running back has earned praise from those affiliated with the Alabama State program.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 08:58:00 AM

Alabama State junior RB Isaiah Crowell believes a dismissed weapons charge will help his NFL prospects.

"When I knew (the charges) were dismissed, I was happy," said Crowell. "Really happy, because the NFL would know that it got dismissed. I knew all that was over and done with. That was the main thing." Crowell was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2011 but was dismissed from Georgia shortly after his arrest. He is up to 227 pounds and has been clocked this offseason running the 40-yard dash between the high 4.3s and low 4.4s. Crowell rushed for 843 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Hornets last season. As a player three years removed from high school, Crowell will have the option of declaring early for the 2014 draft.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 03:25:00 PM

Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow believes junior RB Isaiah Crowell "has matured a bunch and has been a good teammate."

Barlow added Crowell is up to 227 pounds and is running a forty between the low 4.4s and high 4.3s. Crowell rushed for 843 yards and 15 touchdowns during his first season with the Hornets after transferring from Georgia.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 12:39:00 PM

Georgia legend David Pollack wishes former Bulldog RB Isaiah Crowell decided to go to a Junior College, with the aspirations of working back up to a FBS school, rather than transferring to Alabama St.

Pollack cites Cam Newton, who transferred to Blinn Junior College after running into trouble at Florida, as an example. It certainly was an option, taking a few steps back in order to move forward, but Cam's off field issues were not quite as significant as Crowell's two felony charges. In either situation, Crowell will be able to immediately play this season and avoid redshirting as long as he does not receive jail time.
Thu, Jul 5, 2012 09:40:00 PM

Recently dismissed Georgia sophomore RB Isaiah Crowell will transfer to FCS-level Alabama State, according to

Crowell was charged with a pair of felonies just under a week ago, but reportedly will enroll at his new home next Wednesday. Since Crowell is moving from the FBS to the FCS he will not be forced to redshirt this season, which likely was a major factor in his decision. With that said, Crowell is facing two felony charges that come with a maximum of ten years in prison, so jail time is not out of the question. He will retain his eligibility for the 2014 NFL Draft. We could not get past's paywall, so we offered a secondary source below.
Wed, Jul 4, 2012 06:34:00 PM

UGA announced sophomore RB Isaiah Crowell has been dismissed from the football team.

Head coach Mark Richt made the announcement, which came swiftly after Crowell was initially suspended just a few hours ago. The now former Bulldog running back has a few options, either transfer to an FCS school like fellow SEC players Janoris Jenkins and Ryan Perrilloux did, or redshirt a year at another FBS school and enter next season as a redshirt sophomore. Crowell finished last season with 850 yards on 185 carries and five rushing touchdowns. As we mentioned earlier, this morning's arrest wasn't his first red flag after being suspended by the team on two separate occasions last season. Crowell is an NFL talent on the field, but obviously has plenty of character questions he needs to answer. Sophomore Ken Malcome will likely carry the load at running back this season in Athens.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 05:00:00 PM

Updating a previous item, sophomore RB Isaiah Crowell has been suspended immediately from the UGA football team.

This news should come as no surprise, but the school certainly acted quickly after this morning's arrest. The police report also listed that four other players, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Blake Tibbs, Quintavious Harrow, and Sheldon Dawson, were with Crowell in the vehicle at the time of the arrest but were released.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 12:27:00 PM

Georgia sophomore RB Isaiah Crowell was arrested early Friday morning on three weapons charges, including two felonies.

These charges resulted from a vehicle checkpoint on the University of Georgia campus at 2:20 a.m.. Crowell was said to be carrying a weapon in a school zone and having an altered ID mark, both felonies, and was booked on a misdemeanor charge of possessing a concealed weapon. Last season, Crowell was suspended on two separate occasions, the first for unspecified team reasons and the second for a positive marijuana test. However, up to this point Crowell had drawn praise from coaches and teammates for his dedication and maturity since the season ended. Details will soon follow.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 09:09:00 AM