The nation's former No. 1 running back prospect once again finds himself in trouble at Georgia.
According to Athens-Clarke police spokesperson Hilda Sorrow, Crowell was arrested at a "vehicle check-point" — or road block — on East Campus Road at Green Street at 2:20 a.m. Friday. Officer Kristin Thornton reported smelling the odor of marijuana in Crowell's 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. Crowell gave consent to search the vehicle, himself and four other unnamed occupants. No marijuana was discovered but a 9-mm Luger handgun with an altered serial number was found under the driver's seat. Crowell was immediately arrested and taken to jail and the car was impounded.
Sorrow said the arresting officer's report was not yet available and she was not allowed to identify the other four occupants of the vehicle.
The four other occupants in the car were freshman signees Josh Harvey-Clemons, Blake Tibbs and Sheldon Dawson, and rising sophomore Quintavius Harrow. None were arrested.
According to the police report, Crowell said he did not know the gun was there and claimed, "other people drive my car" but claimed none of those people were among his passengers.
Crowell came to Georgia as the nation's top running back recruit for the class of 2011 but had issues staying out of trouble. He was suspended for the Vanderbilt game on Oct. 15 for unknown disciplinary reasons and again for the Nov. 5 game against New Mexico State for failing a drug test.
Still, Crowell managed to rush for 850 yards and five scores despite the suspensions and several injuries.
However, Crowell's latest arrest could mean the end of days for the Bulldogs future running back superstar. From the AJC:
According to the UGA Student-Athlete handbook, a felony arrest means "immediate suspension from athletic competition." A "Comprehensive Action Plan Committee," consisting of UGA athletic association senior administrators and the faculty athletics representative, will then investigate and review the facts and forward a disciplinary recommendation to athletic director Greg McGarity. Recommendations include "dismissal from the team, suspension from competition, reduction in aid and/or cancellation of athletic aid."
With Crowell sidelined for the immediate future, Georgia will look to redshirt sophomore Ken Malcome and senior Richard Samuel as replacements. Malcome rushed for 174 yards last season while Samuel had 240 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs also signed top-rated prospects Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley.
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