ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell faces felony weapons charges after police found a gun in his vehicle early Friday morning.
Crowell was arrested at a vehicle checkpoint on the Georgia campus at around 2:20 a.m., according to Athens-Clarke Police Department spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow. Among the charges he faces are carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon on school property.
Crowell consented to a search after officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle. Police found a 9-millimeter Luger pistol under the driver's seat with an altered serial number.
Crowell was released on bond Friday afternoon. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.
A spokesperson said Georgia coach Mark Richt is still gathering facts from the incident and not yet ready to comment.
Crowell was released on bond Friday afternoon. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney
Crowell, 19, came to UGA in 2011 as the top-rated running back prospect in the country and was slated to start for the Bulldogs this fall. The sophomore from Carver High in Columbus, Ga., led Georgia with 850 yards rushing last season and was named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Year by The Associated Press.
Crowell rushed for a career high 147 yards on 30 carries to help the Georgia beat Ole Miss 27-13 last year. He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark on four occasions, and totaled six touchdowns as a freshman.
But despite Crowell's success, his first season also included setbacks on the field and off. He and two of his teammates were suspended for one game and missed Georgia's game against New Mexico State after they failed a drug test.
In the SEC championship game, he struggled with 10 carries for 15 yards in a 42-10 loss to LSU.
Richt said in March that he was impressed by Crowell's work ethic so far in the offseason. Richt said at that time the running back is "definitely growing up."