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UGA’s Crowell Still On Pace For 1,000 Yards Rushing

Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell has split time at tailback as he worked to learn the Dawgs’ playbook and blitz pick-ups.  He’s dealth with some nagging injuries.  And, yes, he even had a one-game suspension thrown in for good measure.

Still, UGA’s top prize from its February signing class is on pace to hit the 1,000-yard rushing plateau (which requires about 83 yards per game for someone playing in all 12 of a team’s games).  If Crowell hits the mark — and he’s at 821 with Kentucky and Georgia Tech left to play — he’ll be the first Georgia freshman to hit 1,000 since a fella named Herschel Walker.

“I want to get over 1,000 pretty bad,” Crowell said yesterday.  “My goal was to be a freshman All-American.  I don’t know if that’s going to happen or whatever, but I definitely want to get a thousand.  That was my goal at the beginning of the season and I want to be able to reach my goal.”

Only nine freshman backs in SEC history have rushed for 1,000 yards in a season:

Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1980 — 1,616 yards
Reggie Cobb, Tennessee, 1987 — 1,197 yards
Emmitt Smith, Florida, 1987 — 1,341 yards
Chuck Webb, Tennessee, 1989 — 1,236 yards
Jamal Lewis, Tennessee, 1997 — 1,364 yards
Justin Vincent, LSU, 2003 — 1,001 yards
Darren McFadden, Arkansas, 2005 — 1,113 yards
Mike Dyer, Auburn, 2010 — 1,093 yards
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, 2010 — 1,197 yards

Not bad company.


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