Little over a year ago, Georgia's Isaiah Crowell and friends were initiated into a fraternity of sorts. That was the day Mark Richt and the Bulldog coaching staff ignited a lantern filled with high hopes fueled by a powerhouse recruiting class.
The scene was Athens (GA) and the stage was set. The official fraternity became affectionately known as "The Dream Team," a brotherhood of players destined for greatness, or in layman's terms: a knockout recruiting class that might carry the Dawgs into college football's elite in their term at UGA.
Crowell brought 4,872 rushing yards and 61 touchdowns to Athens from his high school years at Columbus (GA) Carver High School. In his first year at UGA, his first amazing performance came against the South Carolina Gamecocks as he scored two touchdowns, rushing 16 times for 118 yards and catching two passes for 40 yards. Although the loss to the Gamecocks by three points was a heartbreaker, Crowell's continuing breakout performances led to the Dawgs winning ten straight games, the SEC East title and a trip a post-season bowl game. Crowell suffered a high ankle sprain against Kentucky that would take him out of the final regular season game against rival Georgia Tech, however, he finished the year with 185 carries for 850 rushing yards and five touchdowns ... not too bad for a freshman.
Wondering where the remaining members of his recruiting class stand? Have they lived up to their billing? Here's a look at their accomplishments and how the Dawgs' Dream Team of 2011 will impact the Bulldogs' 2012 season.