Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/29/12
Potential is a disturbing thing.  It can dazzle and entrance us with a promise of greatness previously unseen or it can vanish just as quickly as it came, leaving us to pick up the pieces of what could have been.

Close to 2:20 a.m.  this morning, University of Georgia running back, Isaiah Crowell, was arrested by Athens-Clarke county police, following a vehicle checkpoint stop.  It is reported that Crowell has been charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor relating to a gun in his possession.

While this is Crowell's first brush with the law, it follows a disturbing trend of repeated, poor behavior from the rising, true sophomore star.  Crowell was suspended multiple times in his freshmen year for various "disciplinary reasons", yet still strung together a promising campaign.  In his lone season, the 5-foot-11, 215 pound Columbus, Georgia native burst upon the scene for his home state university, rushing for a team-leading 850 yards with five touchdowns, despite missing much of the season's end with an ankle injury.  Crowell's ascension to the starting role coincided with the Bulldogs' turnaround from 0-2 to 10-2.  However, despite all the sensational highlights and gaudy stat lines (16 rushes for 118 yards vs. South Carolina, 24 rushes for 132 yards and a touchdown vs. Auburn), there was a premonition of trouble brewing.  Crowell was benched against Vanderbilt and suspended against New Mexico State for the previously mentioned and ambiguous "disciplinary reasons".  
This latest setback is disappointing.  Not just for Crowell and the potential he was showing, but just in the sense of a young person struggling with growing up.  Not to excuse the poor decision-making (especially since Crowell had vowed to walk the straight-and-narrow during spring practice), but the process of "finding oneself" is difficult and complicated by the added media attention.  However, as it was once written, "to whom much is given, much is expected", Crowell should've known better.  After his previous, well-documented setbacks, a light should've gone off in his head. 

It didn't. 

However, as seen with the countless number of talented, but troubled athletes, having that epiphany of when to put childish things aside is as important of attribute for an athlete as speed and vision, two traits that make Crowell elite.  Almost as an insurance policy, University of Georgia Head Coach, Mark Richt, brought in two highly touted running backs (Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley) in this year's recruiting class.  That's the thing about potential - It is continuously being formed and found.  Hopefully, it won't be too late for Crowell to realize his fully abilities (University of Georgia Athletic Policy states that any athlete charged with a felony is immediately suspended from their team), it will now be a little harder (especially if Marshall and Gurley make good on their own star potential).  Though, from a human being standpoint, I am rooting for Crowell to get it (the "it" being life) right.  Football will take care of itself.

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