ATHENS - Once again, Ken Malcome has decided to transfer. And this time it figures to stick.
The Georgia sophomore tailback finished the 2011 season as the starter and started Georgia's opener in 2012. But he was quickly supplanted this past season by freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Malcome finished the season with 274 rushing yards on 57 carries.
“I have made this decision because I think I can get more playing time some place else,” Malcome said in a statement released by Georgia. “I have enjoyed my time at Georgia and appreciate the opportunity that Coach (Mark) Richt and the other coaches have given me here. I look forward to my next challenge.”
This is not the first time Malcome has decided to leave: He told head coach Mark Richt he was leaving midway through the 2011 season, when he was buried on the depth chart behind Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas, Richard Samuel and Brandon Harton. But a day later Malcome changed his mind.
This time, however, Malcome is not likely to change his mind, because of the presence of "Gurshall" - as well as the pending addition of recruit A.J. Turman. The Bulldogs are also pushing hard for Alvin Kamara, a highly-rated recruit.
Malcome was a four-star recruit out of Southwest Dekalb High School in 2010. He redshirted his first season, although the coaches thought hard about playing him. He struggled most of the 2011 season to see the field, leading to his one-day decision to transfer, but returned and benefitted from the struggles of Crowell and Thomas. He finishes his career with 446 rushing yards and two touchdowns in two season.
"We are very appreciative of Ken's contributions to our program and will certainly assist him any way we can in finding a school to continue his career,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We wish him nothing but the best."
Malcome's departure, while not at all surprising, does leave the team in need of some bodies at tailback: The team projects to have three scholarship tailbacks (Marshall, Gurley and Turman), and four if Harton is awarded a scholarship again. That's why the team continues to pursue Kamara.