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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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg