There's a ton of frustration among fans. Which is surely a fraction of what there is on the team. There's a lot of emotion and a lot of ill will. I think most of the concerns fall into two areas: his ability to handle the role of an SEC tailback physically and mentally and his attitude as a whole.
Many have questioned his toughness after some nagging injuries this season, but in reality this was an adjustment we should've expected. Crowell carried the football 147 times his senior year of high school. Going into the Outback Bowl he's carried the ball 182 times this season even though he didn't play in two games, played minimally against Kentucky and missed a full quarter against Vanderbilt.
The comparisons to Lattimore were unreasonable, albeit understandable. An off season of strength and conditioning training will help Crowell prepare to carry the load at an SEC level, rather than a Class AA.
This is a much bigger concern. Put simply, Coach Richt and Crowell are not seeing eye to eye. The writing began appearing on the wall for fans to read back before the Vandy game, when Richt said he "loved" his running back. The message between the lines was just as subtle leading up to Saturday's game with LSU, but much more terse. The next couple weeks are critical if Crowell is going to grow into the role we need him to. He's done things to distance himself from his coaches and teammates alike. If he wants respect he's got to give it, pure and simple.
Case in point: back around the Ole Miss game I mentioned that I was a little concerned by our star running back's penchant for mouthing off after runs. I was blasted for it. Back then you'd see the coaches and players redirect Crowell in a supportive way. Saturday the response to his mouth was to sit the rest of the game on the bench.
A lot of people have put some blame on Richt for the way Crowell was recruited (read: the missing man formation). However, if you feel that way then you must first look at the national attention that college recruiting has taken on. If you patted Richt on the back for landing the crown jewel of the Dream Team, then you can't exactly criticize him for the way in which his staff did it.
The easy thing to do would be to give up on Crowell altogether. And I'm talking about fans here; we should know Richt isn't going to give up on him. But given the fact that we live in an era when an 18 year old can get so much unearned attention just over the act of putting on a school's cap or holding up a miniature mascot, I think it's more prudent to let the next few weeks play out. They'll be crucial to the tailback position's future at UGA, not to mention the young man's as well.