Isaiah Crowell among 3 UGA backs suspended

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's recent history of off-the-field tailback troubles didn't end earlier this year with the departures of Washaun Ealey and Caleb King.

Bulldogs coach Mark Richt announced Tuesday afternoon that three tailbacks -- freshman Isaiah Crowell, redshirt junior Carlton Thomas and redshirt freshman Ken Malcome -- have been suspended for Saturday's game against visiting New Mexico State for violating team policies. Georgia has now had six tailbacks suspended in the past two years.

"I think it's an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up," Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Tuesday night after practice. "It's an opportunity for us to change some things up and maybe do some things differently in figuring out ways to move the ball."

Crowell leads the Bulldogs this season with 689 rushing yards and has three 100-yard performances.