November 8, 2011

'I never liked Auburn'



It was a contrite Isaiah Crowell who addressed the media for the first time since his one-game suspension last week against New Mexico State.

"I just want to say I made a mistake and I want to apologize to my family, my fans and the Bulldog Nation," Crowell said after practice Tuesday. "I'm sorry."

Crowell, along with Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome were suspended for what UGA called a 'violation of team rules'.

UGASports, along with several other media entities, quoted sources that the suspension was due to a failed drug test.

Crowell was asked about the failed drug test before a UGA official intervened, saying "he can't talk about that."

"I knew that's what everybody wanted to talk about anyway," said Crowell.

Thomas offered his apology as well. Malcome was not immediately available for comment.

"I let myself down, I let my teammates down, I let my parents down, I let a lot of people down, even little kids that I probably don't even know," said Thomas. "But this (suspension) really helped me to understand and see what I did, and that's why I want to apologize to everyone, anyone in the Bulldog Nation that looked to me as role model. I will continue to be that role model, and I promise I will never make that mistake again."

Crowell added he plans on proving himself through his actions and not just with his words.

"I want to come out (Saturday) and prove to fans that they can trust me and this won't happen again," Crowell said. "I plan on having a big game. I'm going to do everything I can do to help my team win the game."

Crowell also took the time to respond to a quote by former Carver teammate and Tiger defensive tackle Gabe Wright.

In a story published by AuburnSports.com, Wright was asked about the Bulldog freshman.

"He's a good back," Wright said. "We've got three good backs here and I face them every day in practice. Isaiah can be explosive just like every other back, but he also can be stopped. That's one thing I know how to do; that's one thing I've been practicing to do."

Crowell said he'll see about that.

"I know it's a big game, me and Gabe are former teammates and it's the first time playing against each other," Crowell said. "I know he's been talking or whatever, telling me he knows how to stop me. We'll just have to see."

That wasn't all.

"I really don't care about what he says," Crowell said. "I really don't think about it, I'm going to play my game and take him as if he were anybody else."

Crowell was asked if Wright used to tackle him in practice.

"Nah," Crowell said. "He never has; never will."

Crowell, who grew up a Bulldog fan despite living just a half hour from the Auburn campus, added he never was a fan of the school, despite being heavily recruited by coach Gene Chizik's squad.

"I never liked Auburn - point blank. I've never liked them," Crowell said. "I've never liked them. I don't know why."

Crowell, who has dealt with wrist issues among a myriad of other nagging injuries, said he's 100 percent for Saturday's contest on CBS (3:30).

"I'm well-rested," he said.

NOTE: Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring) practiced in a green non-contact jersey Tuesday, but according to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, will play on Saturday. … Head coach Mark Richt said he was pleased with Tuesday's workout in full pads, in what's typically the Bulldogs' most physical practice of the week. "It was a good day," Richt said. "The competition was spirited. We are making progress, but there's still plenty of preparation and work to be done before Saturday."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.