Malcome’s departure leaves little depth behind Gurshall

Ken Malcome is leaving Athens in search of more playing time. (Associated Press)

Ken Malcome is leaving Athens in search of more playing time. (Associated Press)

Poor Ken Malcome.

Stalled behind Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall on Georgia’s tailback depth chart, he announced Wednesday he was leaving UGA in search of more playing time, and even then he couldn’t grab the college football media spotlight amid all the jokes about Manti Te’o’s imaginary dead girlfriend and reports that the Philadelphia Eagles might try to lure Todd Grantham back to the NFL.

Of course, Malcome’s decision to transfer from Georgia wasn’t at all surprising. He’d quit the program once before early on, and he’d been griping publicly since late in the season about the number of carries he was getting in mop-up duty.

Most UGA fans hearing the news of his departure didn’t worry about it a lot. They understood why “Boo,” who carried the ball 57 times last season for 274 yards (averaging 4.8 yards) and two touchdowns, felt he had to leave, wishing him well. As Aaron Murray’s T-shirt said back during the season, “Keep calm. We’ve got Gurshall.”

But two tailbacks, however sterling they are, isn’t a lot in the punishing SEC. And with the graduation of Richard Samuel, the loss of Malcome leaves diminutive former walk-on Brandon Harton as the third-string tailback coming into spring practice. That’s not much depth at the position.

If nothing else, Malcome’s departure probably firms up the commitment to UGA of Orlando prospect A.J. Turman. Whether it will be a factor in luring to Athens the more highly touted Alvin Kamara, who reportedly is deciding between Georgia and Alabama, is the larger question.

Kamara has said “competition is no problem with me,” which is good, as he’ll face it at either school. At Georgia, Kamara would be behind Gurshall, and at Bama he’d be behind T.J. Yeldon and have to contend with an even higher-ranked recruit in Derrick Henry (who once was a Georgia commitment but decided to look elsewhere).

As the T-shirt said, we do indeed have Gurshall, but right now we don’t have much beyond that dynamic duo. Adding Kamara would make it a whole lot easier to keep calm.

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48 comments Add your comment

Cuz

January 17th, 2013
10:43 am

But it is better for Boo.

Columbus Dawg

January 17th, 2013
10:57 am

First off, I’ve actually seen Harton rip off some runs, he plays with a lot of heart, maybe more than Boo. The real issue of the day is Grantham? McGarity says he has not heard anything about it. Seth Emerson says he thinks that if Grantham is offered he’s gone. Have we got enough DL to go back to 4-3? Who would be available to come in and shore up the recruits? Please don’t start with the Van Gorder crap. His days have passed him by. I saw somewhere that Warren Belin would be a good get, and I am sure he would be. Would have to pay him $$$$$ to get him to come back, though.

Austin Dawg

January 17th, 2013
11:52 am

The future is bright with Gurley and Marshall, but we need more depth. We are one (or two) busted knees away from being in trouble. You would think Kamara would commit to UGA with so many top RB’s already at, and committed to, Alabama.

Austin Dawg

January 17th, 2013
11:52 am

The future is bright with Gurley and Marshall, but we need more depth. We are one (or two) busted knees away from being in trouble. You would think Kamara would commit to UGA with so many top RB’s already at, and committed to, Alabama. And, out entire OL returning.

GTBob

January 17th, 2013
12:05 pm

Why keep calling them Gurshall? They aren’t a tandem. Gurley is the stud and Marshall is the serviceable backup. Trying to pretend like you have two amazing running backs when you might have one is a little silly.

Skokie Dog

January 17th, 2013
12:14 pm

Don’t worry about this issue of depth at tailback, Bill. Our optimistic friends here on the blawg have already assured us that Aaron Murray, shoo-in for the Heisman trophy that they believe he is, will be able to perform any necessary miracles if the running game falters. I’m sure that this prospect strikes fear into Steve Spurrier. Obviously, we U.Ga. fans have nothing to worry about.

Old Dawg

January 17th, 2013
12:32 pm

GTBob, Marshall is much more than a serviceable backup, gaining 759 yards in 2012. Tech’s leading rusher was Laskey with 697 yards … and Tech is a primarily rushing team.

Once again, get your facts and stats right; you look like a nut-job fool every time you don’t!!

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 17th, 2013
12:38 pm

looks like the Dream Team thing isn’t doing so well. Some of the competition is maybe going to run some STAR players away? How does BAMA keep All those Great players happy and from transferring?
I remember now.

Bama Wins Crystal Footballs….and that makes not getting as much playing time a lot easier to take.

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 17th, 2013
12:57 pm

Old Dwag get your FACTS right too.

Tech Players Carries Yards
Zach Laskey 133 697
Tevin Washington 177 684
Orwin Smith 79 682
David Sims 135 612
Vad Lee 96 544
Robert Godhigh 54 429
B.J. Bostic 34 212
Tony Zenon 31 193
Synjyn Days 23 142

4 players with over 600 yards(2675)

UGA players carries yards
Todd Gurley 222 1385
Keith Marshall 117 759
Ken Malcome 57 272
Christian LeMay 16 67
Richard Samuel 18 65
Rant Wooten 1 24
Brandon Harton 8 20
Malcolm Mitchell 5 17
Alex Ogletree 3 14

UGa took 9 players to get 2623 yards and only 2 backs with over 600 yards.

So it does look like Marshall is just a BACKUP to Gurley. Tech spreads the ball to many RBs.

GTBob

January 17th, 2013
12:58 pm

GTBob, Marshall is much more than a serviceable backup, gaining 759 yards in 2012.

Yeah, mostly in mop up duty or against terrible teams. Here is how he did in his 4 biggest games:

SC: 12 rushes for 37 yards, no TDs
FL: 4 rushes for 4 yards, no TD’s
Bama: 2 rushes for 3 yards, no TD’s
Neb: 8 rushes for 36 yards, no TD’s

Those are some monster numbers.

chilidawg

January 17th, 2013
1:04 pm

If Grantham bolts, we should go after Dick Bumpas.

RiffRaff

January 17th, 2013
1:10 pm

Doubt Grantham takes off. Still, the D is going to be the biggest unknown next season.

Strat Cat Dawg

January 17th, 2013
1:21 pm

Looking on the bright side, this could encourage Alvin Kamara and others to consider becoming Dawgs

Dawg

January 17th, 2013
1:24 pm

Malcome lost his opportunity when he got suspended along with the rest of the scholarship backs. Competition is a fact of life at all D1 programs. Where is he going to go? Is he going to join Crowell at Alabama State or Ealey at Jacksonville State? Shorter in Rome Georgia might be an opportunity.

Brewmaster

January 17th, 2013
1:27 pm

GTBob, a Georgia player came up with the ” Gurshall ” moniker. Their combined yards did exceed Herschel’s freshman season, so the Gurshall name does have some merit. Marshall is way more talented than any of the backs you have at Tech. He probably would have gained 1,500 yards in Moob’s system. Instead of critiquing the dawgs so much, why don’t you explain to everyone why your team is consistently so bad ?

The Masked Superstar

January 17th, 2013
1:40 pm

Boo should go to Georgia Southern. They run the option and need all the RB’s they can muster.

Tatman

January 17th, 2013
1:41 pm

A person SMART enough to know…..

Tech Players Carries Yards
Zach Laskey 133 697
Tevin Washington 177 684
Orwin Smith 79 682
David Sims 135 612
Vad Lee 96 544
Robert Godhigh 54 429
B.J. Bostic 34 212
Tony Zenon 31 193
Synjyn Days 23 142

4 players with over 600 yards(2675)

And they still didn’t do anything this season…it doesn’t matter how many ppl run how many yards when you end up with a 7-7 season…

and A person SMART enough to know…..go troll on a BAMA page! You’re probably just a bandwagon fan anyways…probably have zer0 connection to the college or even the state…

Tatman

January 17th, 2013
1:43 pm

GTBob, it’s gotta suck when you can’t even comment on your own teams blogs…why spend your time commenting on a team that continues to dominate your team?..just come on over…leave the dark side…become a DAWG…become a WINNER!

Will

January 17th, 2013
1:45 pm

‘A Person Smart Enough to Know, seems to me you would know that Malcome was not a part of the Dream Team.He redshirted in 2010.

bubba4dawgs

January 17th, 2013
1:45 pm

A person smart enough to know (?): All those backs over 2600 yards and still lost 6 games? Gee, what the hell did they do, run the wrong way? Certainly don’t compare them in a favorable way to UGA who by the way came very close to playing for the NC with just two backs! It’s results that matter!!

Dawg

January 17th, 2013
1:46 pm

Berry College is starting up a football program. Maybe he could catch on there. The competition for playing time won’t be a problem.

GTBob

January 17th, 2013
1:53 pm

Marshall is way more talented than any of the backs you have at Tech. He probably would have gained 1,500 yards in Moob’s system.

Marshall would have probably been redshirted this year and then maybe the 3rd or 4th A-back in the rotation. Im sure he fits well into a lot of offenses. At GT he wouldn’t play that much unless he is a great blocker. He should go somewhere like Oregon St. Then he would have a chance to shine.

GTBob

January 17th, 2013
1:56 pm

just come on over…leave the dark side…become a DAWG…become a WINNER!

If you guys win something meaningful in my lifetime then I will consider it.

GTBob

January 17th, 2013
2:01 pm

A person smart enough to know (?): All those backs over 2600 yards and still lost 6 games? Gee, what the hell did they do, run the wrong way?

This may shock you, but in modern football defense actually plays a part in wins and losses. If those guys would have ran for 20,000 yards our record wouldn’t have been much better.

bham dawg

January 17th, 2013
2:49 pm

Malcome was not a part of the “Dream Team”

GTBob… Marshall was a lot better than Gurley in pass-pro so he is a much better blocker at this point. Marshall was also rated as the 2nd best RB prospect in the country. No way he is redshirted at GT and runs for over 700 yds at UGA. We have much better players across the board at every position and to think a 2nd string back at UGA would redshirt at GT is laughable.

And for all you stat copy and pasters, how posting the rushing attempts for each team. This will really show how much more dominant Gurshall is than any back y’all have. Yall are some serious winners around here.

LogicalUS

January 17th, 2013
2:56 pm

Well this would seem to be an upgrade from prior seasons when the disneys were having to hype converted scout team LBs as “bigger, faster Richardsons\Lattimores”.

Gurley seems to be pretty durable and with the huge holes in other areas for 2013, this is far down the list of concerns.

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 17th, 2013
2:58 pm

bham dwag the attempts are posted with the yards.

Didn’t say Boo was a Dream Team member. He was competing with DTers for playing time as are others. Some will leave over playing time. There is the Dream Team and Dream Team II. Some of the Stars that don’t get to play enough might consider leaving because of the competition and they were told they were going to be STARS for UGa. If that is not working don’t you think some will move on to play somewhere else?

AceDawg

January 17th, 2013
2:59 pm

Boo Malcome looked like a promising running back, and in some games where UGA’s line wasn’t creating a lot of open space like USC and even Bama a bit, I think Boo’s power would have been the right compliment to Gurley, as he’d help play the role of wearing down the opponents.

GTBob

January 17th, 2013
3:09 pm

We have much better players across the board at every position and to think a 2nd string back at UGA would redshirt at GT is laughable.

Its not about talent, its about the system he would be in. Vad Lee and Justin Thomas have incredible talent. Both were redshirted. Marshall would more than likely be an a-back for GT, meaning he would have to learn to block many different types of plays in a spread option offense. Its not the same as occasionally pass blocking in a traditional pass scheme. He might be a starting a-back by his red-shirt sophomore year if he performed a good bit better than he has at UGA so far.

bham dawg

January 17th, 2013
3:19 pm

@Not so Smart… the only dream team running back was Isaiah Crowell. And he sure as hell wasn’t competing with him. They are told they will be “STARS”. No they are told they have all the potential in the world and if they come in a work their ass off and do what they are supposed to do then the will “compete” for a starting position. They are guaranteed nothing.

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 17th, 2013
3:39 pm

Did ALL the other Blogs CRASH?
Can anybody see the comments on any of the NEW FORMAT Blogs…Schultz, Bradley, Towers?

bham dawg

January 17th, 2013
3:48 pm

GTBob… we have all been wondering why GT sucks so bad and i think you just stumbled upon it. Your coach is as dumb as you are and wouldn’t start the best player that would be on your team until his rs soph season. Thank you for clearing it up.

Norris

January 17th, 2013
3:48 pm

GTBob any win in the SEC is better than any wins your hapless little bees just happen get. I’m not talking about this year because we all know those were few and far between. And as a side note, stop sniffing glue or what ever else you are doing that seems to be destroying your brain cells. Geez, I thought techies were supposed to be smart! You sure spend a lot of time reading about the dawgs to not like them. I never read about tech.

bham dawg

January 17th, 2013
3:54 pm

@Norris… no one reads about GT. Hence trolling idiots like GTBob who have absolutely no knowledge of football and only get on here to pump their self esteem bc people actually talk back to them on the computer.

GTBob

January 17th, 2013
4:16 pm

Your coach is as dumb as you are and wouldn’t start the best player that would be on your team until his rs soph season.

Sometimes the best player isn’t ready to play. Our system is a lot more complex then anything UGA does. Experience and discipline are more important than talent is. Its just the way it is. There isn’t a freshman in the country who could come into GT right now and get significant playing time at AB, BB, or QB.

GTBob

January 17th, 2013
4:19 pm

Hence trolling idiots like GTBob who have absolutely no knowledge of football and only get on here to pump their self esteem bc people actually talk back to them on the computer.

This is funny. The guy who thinks pass blocking on third down plays is equivalent to run blocking in a spread option offense is questioning my knowledge.

GTBob

January 17th, 2013
4:23 pm

GTBob any win in the SEC is better than any wins your hapless little bees just happen get

Yeah, we were all impressed by those epic clashes you had with Auburn, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 17th, 2013
4:37 pm

the dWags best players played against South Carolina and looked like Notre Dame against Bama. I’m Glad Richt showed his Smarts in the USC game.

Moist Dawg

January 17th, 2013
5:06 pm

We don’t need no depth behind gurshall. Malcome just wasn’t cut out for the pressure of the honor of wearing the G on his helmet. Very few are. Well be fine.

bham dawg

January 17th, 2013
5:15 pm

@GTBob… yes pass-pro is a lot harder than run blocking. and if you get off the computer every once in a while and actually watch georgia play you would know that throw on every down not just 3rd and long like GT.

KeepDreaming

January 17th, 2013
5:20 pm

“Sorry Boo….Gurshall’s better than you!”

How’s that for poetry?

bham dawg

January 17th, 2013
5:52 pm

GTBob’s mom called him to dinner obviously

aarh

January 17th, 2013
11:04 pm

Columbus Dawg- It wasn’t Seth Emerson that said he was gone if offered. It was Chip Towers. I’m not so sure he’s leaving, but if he does, then I think LB coach Olividatti may be good, bc he has NFL experience for one thing, & he’d be someone that the recruits would be familiar w/, bc if you being in someone new, then we may lose recruits.

What hacks me off

January 17th, 2013
11:33 pm

So the week before Christmas, Garner leaves, and if Grantham goes, it will be right before signing date. Has he even been interviewed. Don’t you think Kelly would like to have a real NFL D coordinator than a college guy. Kelly is a college guy. My bet is Ryan

AltamahaDawg

January 18th, 2013
9:17 am

Aww, a tech fan doesn’t agree with the nickname for the Georgia football players. That’s a real shame.
And the other tech fan is having difficulty posting endlessly on the other UGA board under his many stupid names.

Life is so unfair.

AltamahaDawg

January 18th, 2013
9:22 am

….although a good point that the new AJC log-on procedure would be considerably better if the link actually worked when you attempted to do so.

SC Dog fan

January 18th, 2013
2:32 pm

Malcome is good, and I’m sorry to see him go. Best for him, of course, but I sure wish Bobo could have found more opportunities for him. LSU was able to rotate 4 backs when they stomped us last year in the dome.Good luck, Ken.

LawDawg

January 22nd, 2013
10:14 am

This is better for Boo. Hopefully we get Kamara. I like him as a prospect a lot more than Henry. Here he would be third string. At Bama he would be fifth or sixth string.