Ten@10: King suspension means Dogs may pull redshirt off Kendrun Malcome (updated)

THE TEN AT 10:

Georgia may activate true freshman tailback Ken "Boo" Malcome of Southwest DeKalb this Saturday against Vanderbilt. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Georgia may activate true freshman tailback Ken "Boo" Malcome of Southwest DeKalb this Saturday against Vanderbilt. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

1. With Tuesday’s decision to suspend tailback Caleb King, there is a good chance the Georgia Bulldogs will have to pull the redshirt off true reshman Kendrun Malcome so he can play this Saturday against Vanderbilt.

King, who has started two games at tailback this season, was arrested earlier this week for not paying a speeding ticket in Walton County. Head coach Mark Richt announced Tuesday King would be suspended for the next two games. Sophomore Washaun Ealey, who started games two through four, will get the nod this week. But backup Carlton Thomas, who has one start under his belt, was sidelined for the Tennessee game with a hamstring injury and remains questionable this week.

“We’ve been getting Ken ready for probably the last month or so,” Richt said Tuesday. “. . . We were watching him in drill work and we feel like he has great potential. Sometimes a kid isn’t ready out of camp. Sometimes it becomes a little overwhelming all the things you have to learn. Then when you break camp and the focus maybe is off of you for just a minute it gives you a chance to catch your breath and just kind of be free to make plays. We saw him making some plays, doing a good job of running behind his pads and knocking people back on contact in some of our inside drills. We were very encouraged by what we saw, so we said let’s get him up here and just keep spoon-feeding him and get him to a position to where if we need him he’ll be ready to go. That’s where he’s at right now.”

Malcome, known as “Boo” to his family and friends, might have played earlier this season but was sidelined with a concussion suffered in practice early in the season. The 6-foot 220-pounder is a hard-nosed inside runner who averaged 129 yards per game rushing and scored 16 touchdowns as a senior at Southwest DeKalb last season.

2. If Malcome is indeed activated this week, he will become the seventh true freshman of Georgia’s 2010 class — and eighth overall — to see action this season. Just last week the Bulldogs started Kenarious Gates at right guard against Tennessee. The week before defensive tackle Garrison Smith saw his first action. Safety Alec Ogletree, fullback Zander Ogletree, cornerback Derek Owens and outside linebacker T.J. Stripling (injured vs. Colorado, out for year) played in every game.  Quarterback Hutson Mason played in the opener against Louisiana-LaFayette but not since.

3. It is somewhat unusual to be activating true freshmen this late in the season. But the Bulldogs were searching for answers after a 1-4 start. And it worked last year. The redshirt for Ealey was not ripped off until the fifth game of the season against LSU. He ended up as the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 717 yards.

4. One of Georgia’s major recruiting target for the Class of 2011 will not be making it to Athens this weekend as originally planned. Five-star defensive end Ray Drew of Thomas County Central decided to cancel his unofficial visit with the Bulldogs because “it would put too much on my parents,” Drew told me Monday evening. Drew (6-5, 250) has a game at Northside-Warner Robins on Friday night and, a licensed minister, is scheduled to preach on Sunday morning in Brooks County. Drew, who took an official visit to LSU 10 days ago, said he hopes to get to UGA later this year. He wasn’t sure if he’d make it to Idaho State or Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs’ two remaining games. He will be at the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville on Oct. 30, but neither team can host recruits at that venue. I’ll have more on Drew later.

5. Meanwhile, running back Isaiah Crowell of Columbus said he is “not yet” decided whether he’ll be at the Vanderbilt game on Saturday. Georgia’s No. 1 overall target is facing the same logistical challenges as Drew.  The Tigers have a game at Callaway on Friday night and Georgia kicks off against Vanderbilt shortly after noon on Saturday, meaning Crowell and his family would have to leave home by 6 a.m. in order to participate in recruiting activities. Last week, recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner talked about how the Bulldogs’ early starts this season have complicated the recruiting process.

6. Georgia Tech is moving in on one of the top defensive line prospects in Atlanta for 2012. Jordan Watkins is a 6-foot-4, 236-pound junior at Woodward Academy who grew up a fan of the Yellow Jackets. But he tells Eric Thompson of JacketsOnline.com he’s not sure whether that will enter into his college decision. “I live in Atlanta and I grew up a Georgia Tech fan, but I don’t know how much of an effect that will have on my college choice,” Watkins said. “I have offers right now from Arkansas, South Carolina, Duke, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and N.C. State. Oregon, LSU and Alabama have been sending me the most mail lately. Florida seems interested in getting me down there for a game as well.”

7. When Georgia Tech plays host to Middle Tennessee State on Saturday, it will mean a homecoming for 26 Blue Raiders. MTSU coach Rick Stockstill tells the AJC’s Pierce Huff that the state of Georgia is a fertile recruiting ground for his program.  Stockstill says they won’t go head-to-head with Tech or Georgia over a recruit but try to identify under-the-radar prospects such as Dwight Dasher. Dasher led Charlton County to three straight Class AA championships but, as a 5-foot-10 quarterback, was not considered major-college material. Now a senior at MTSU, Dasher has accumulated more than 6,000 yards in total offense and is on watchlist for the Davey O’Brien award.

8. The much-anticipated announcement of Milton basketball star Julian Royal is scheduled to take play after school on Thursday in Alpahretta. The AJC’s Michael Carvell will be on hand to chronicle the decision of the 6-foot-9 power forward, who will choose between his finalists, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Get the latest on Royal’s recruitment from Carvell RIGHT HERE.

9. Two former UGA targets dropped considerably in the latest ESPNU Top 150 rankings, released late last week. Tight end Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., dropped to No. 16 overall and lost his five-star status as a result. Also, Tampa-Plant RB James Wilder dropped from 19 to 29. Meanwhile, RB Aaron Green of San Antonio jumped to No. 10 on the list and was elevated to five-star status. Here’s A LINK to a story and the complete list.

10. THIS & THAT: Georgia QB commitment Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C., will be at the Vanderbilt game on Saturday. . . . Among the many visitors at South Carolina last weekend who witnessed the Gamecocks’ historic win over No. 1-ranked Alabama was Carver-Columbus DT Gabe Wright. Wright has not mentioned the Gamecocks prominently but is considering them along with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee. . . . . Also in Columbia was Stephenson defensive back Kadetrix Marcus and he now the Gamecocks atop his list. Marcus (6-1, 190) is also considering Auburn, Miami and Tennessee, among several others. . . . Here’s the latest video footage of Zach DeBell. The left tackle from Tarpon Springs, Fla., is a UGA commitment. . . .

Colquitt County OT Xzavier Ward visited Florida last weekend after visiting Alabama the week before. He told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons those two schools are in his top five along with Auburn, Clemson and Georgia. . . . Carver-Columbus DB Riyadh Jones says he’s through taking visits and is sticking with his commitment to Kentucky. . . . Southwest DeKalb OLB Terrance Smith, an FSU commitment, was among the visitors to UGA last weekend.

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Football Friday Night

October 12th, 2010
10:08 am

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October 12th, 2010
10:09 am

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Bama Fan #2

October 12th, 2010
10:18 am

ESPNU dropping O’Leary and Wilder is crazy. Both are great athletes and can play for anybody
in the country. Gabe Wright is going to Auburn and he is just enjoying the free trips.

GT Sambo

October 12th, 2010
10:26 am

If I thought Chip’s coverage was biased I’d claim that there is too little Tech recruiting coverage here. However, I am sure someone else (a UGA fan, of course) would claim that Chip is actually biased against UGA because he mentioned the noon start and how it might be affecting recruiting. So given that Georgia is primarily dominated by UGA fans, the coverage is probably about what I would expect. Overall I am pretty happy so far with the 2011 class GT is putting together. I’d love to get commits from a few of the bigger names still out there (Bray, Grant, Cooper), but I am realistic enough to know we probably won’t get any of those guys.

dap01

October 12th, 2010
10:42 am

GT Sambo, Chip had an update from GT to be delivered but the delivery guy was mugged leaving the GT campus.

JB

October 12th, 2010
10:45 am

Dawgs have 13-14 commits as of now….I see 2-3 defects in that group ( our competition considers them open to recruiting again based on our year). I really don’t see us getting but 1 or 2 of the top 8-10 we are targeting now, based on previous reason stated. We will get a different layer of players 2-3 stars to fill out this massive class ( 25-28) and that may not be all bad. Recruit some heart, desire and passion.

Vick=Dog killing thug

October 12th, 2010
10:47 am

Anyword on how Ken Malcome has done in practice? Is he ready?

JMar

October 12th, 2010
10:48 am

Makes sense that Wilder would be dropped in the rankings – his high ranking was based on being a linebacker, and his insistence on being a RB means he has to be dropped a little. Not to say that he won’t be a great RB, but his greatest potential lies at LB.

JB

October 12th, 2010
10:48 am

6′0″ 220….. I like his chances off tackle over Carlton Thomas….

UGA needs a fresh new face ( s ) for recruiting

October 12th, 2010
11:02 am

Georgia is stale with today’s kids. Rodney Garnder has really not done much for UGA and neither has Searels. Bobo has done fair. UGA needs to get some new coaches on campus and it starts at the top. This freshness is very key to success.

UGA needs to dump the entire staff and with a new coach, UGA will be fine within two more years. We need to do that this season and sign what Ga recruits that we can. The days of one guy staying and staying at the U of So And So is no longer desirable. He should come in, win big, hang in there for maybe 3 or 5 or 6 years ……….and be gone. Win two SEC titles and move on.

They burn out and then, the program grows stale …………this has happened to UGA and FSU and it will happen elsewhere, like at LSU and maybe Texas. Look at Urabn Meyer …….. he is a walking dead zombie. The days of the 25 year runs for Big Boy SEC coaches went out with skinny ties and hoola hoops.

Gooooooooooooo Dogs. Sic Em !!! Woof, woof, woof.

Hey JB .......right on w/ your comments

October 12th, 2010
11:08 am

Absolutely, UGA will see defections. That is normal. That kid DaRick Rogers got his nose rubbed hard last weekend and what happens will happen. I prefr to get good, heady kids that want to play ball for UGA.

Aaron Murray is a throw back kid. He wants to win, and he is having fun. Surround him with two or three very solid, ( see Bama ) running backs and some linemen and D linemen and UGA will be fine.

If Walsh had not blown that chip shot FG vs Colorado, we win that game. KIng’s ate fumble was just that much stupidity. The 3 toher losses were very, very winnable had Bobo and CMR allowed Murray to play his game.

Go Dogs.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 12th, 2010
11:09 am

Georgia needs to win to get good recruits to commit. When there is any doubt about Richt returning it effects recruiting.

ugafan89

October 12th, 2010
11:22 am

chris conley will be at the game saturday and he will be bringing Hirams trey Wesely with him!

Duey Swindle

October 12th, 2010
11:22 am

@Chip Towers, who do you think is the closest to commiting to UGA?

Atwork

October 12th, 2010
11:24 am

Anyone seeing a program as stale because they aren’t new coaches there is not a very smart recruiter and or recruit. If you are having to bring in faces all the time usually means you are firing people. People do leave because of being promoted and taking other jobs. As Florida has seen…maybe not the greatest thing. I would prefer a stable coaching staff with knowledge and experience. Always nice to promote from within if possible too.

Freshness in a college football program is some one NOT cheating and coaches taking responsibility for their programs actions. Freshness is winning. Freshness is providing a winning atmosphere and helping these students get an education and possibly into the NFL.

Go Jackets!

Tech Fan Since 1950

October 12th, 2010
11:26 am

If this is a recruiting column, I guess I am wondering why the first three items pertain to guys already on scholarship at UGA? Are they being recruited to go to the sophomore year or to take the Driving 101 course?

Gerald

October 12th, 2010
11:29 am

Burning Malcome’s redshirt would be idiotic. Why not give the FB the carries that a backup RB would get?

Lowndes25

October 12th, 2010
11:32 am

Caleb King was suspended for 2 games. Boo most definitely will play this weekend…how much remains to be seen.

Top Dog

October 12th, 2010
11:33 am

UGA needs a coach that can discipline his players. MR has no backbone and is way to easy on his players just to win a football game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CvilleDawg

October 12th, 2010
11:41 am

Seems like every freshman tailback to wear no. 24 seems to surprise alot of people! We’ll see what happens.

PDF

October 12th, 2010
11:42 am

Looks like the team from Tarpon Springs need to schedule some competition…

PMC

October 12th, 2010
12:08 pm

WHat are you freaking waiting for at this point? Why are they redshirting guys at all?

Caleb King is a bust whatever he was supposed to be… it didn’t work out. He’s not very good.

Washaun – can’t run without fumbling.

What the heck are they waiting for? Redshirts are for teams that have so much talent they have the luxury of saving the freshman year for learning the offense.

Georgia doesn’t have enough talent at tailback to have that luxury.

RxDawg

October 12th, 2010
12:20 pm

“He will be at the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville on Oct. 30, but neither team can host recruits at that venue.”

Really? I never realized that. Does that put us (GA & FL) at a disadvantage for recruiting since we have less games to host? I guess looking at past recruiting class rankings the answer is no… but still.

Top Dog

October 12th, 2010
12:35 pm

Tell the dogs the Police are after them and see if they can run faster.

We hit and run this state

October 12th, 2010
12:43 pm

DAP01 – don’t you mean he was run over by a speeding intoxicated scooter driver without a license, lol.

ryan

October 12th, 2010
12:43 pm

Hey Lowdnes25 what do know about Hicks and Geno Smith were impressed with there visit to UGA last weekend .

Lowndes25

October 12th, 2010
12:54 pm

@RxDawg, no school is allowed to invite recruits to a neutral site game and actively recruit them…it is against NCAA rules. Ray Drew’s attendance is a good thing for us, provided we show up on the field and play a great game. I don’t think it puts either school at a disadvantage…it is a way for both UF and UGA to showcase their teams on a national stage.

@ryan, both Geno Smith and Quayvon Hicks had great visits. Auburn is currently in the lead for Geno’s services, but his recruitment is far from over. Per Quayvon’s own mouth, UGA is his leader.

The Sham

October 12th, 2010
12:55 pm

Friday Night Lights – If you want to win… You better put “Boo” in!

Tom

October 12th, 2010
1:06 pm

Who paid back that gal the $500 she loaned CK?

Nick

October 12th, 2010
1:13 pm

As big as Malcome is, why haven’t they been running him up the middle, instead of the other guys, since Bobo and company obviously love doing it so much with virtually zero success?
A redshirted season was a waste for Moreno too, you know.

kyle

October 12th, 2010
1:14 pm

Let him play. We need an upgrade in the running game, give the kid a chance and see what he can do

GT Sambo

October 12th, 2010
1:19 pm

dap01,
Actually I must give you credit, that was pretty funny.

Chip is a Mutt!

October 12th, 2010
1:21 pm

Once again it is hard to tell if I’m reading the Red & Black or the AJC. Chip you need to go back to being the ugag beat writer. Wait…….. you never left. Oh nevermind.

naganole

October 12th, 2010
1:22 pm

@Lowndes25 That interview reminds me of the Christian Jones/UF interview. Kipp Adams of UGASports.com highly disagrees with Scout’s assessment…

Lowndes25

October 12th, 2010
1:29 pm

@naganole, yeah, but Scout’s interview falls right in line with everything Smith told our coaches…almost word-for-word. Coincidence? Methinks not…

UGA owns you tasty bees..

October 12th, 2010
1:29 pm

GTsambo, is it really Tim Tucker’s fault that nobody wants to go to tech? Could it be that the neighborhood tech is located in is ranked #7 in the NATION for most dangerous neighborhoods? Before you get your yellow tighties in a wad, 1 out of 9 people are victim of a crime there. ONE OUT OF NINE. Sounds like a terrific place to send your kids.. Get a new coach every few years, possibly mugged/beaten/assualted , and most importantly, an almost GUARANTEED LOSS to big brother in Athens EVERY YEAR. Yeah, sounds very exciting. If I was given the choice, I would much rather go to Eastern Carolina, Virginia, Middle Tenn State, or any other tiny school that yech battles for recruits with..

Lowndes25

October 12th, 2010
1:36 pm

@naganole, what article are you citing from Kipp Adams that says he disagrees with Scout’s assessment of where UGA stands with Terrance Smith…would like to read it for myself.

naganole

October 12th, 2010
1:39 pm

@Lowndes25 :D Look at it this way, Christian Lemay will be a bulldawg. The others, not so much…

K-Town Dawg

October 12th, 2010
1:52 pm

I think pulling the redshirt off Malcome would be proof positive to Crowell that he could play right away. And not to make light of a bad situation, but the way the arrests are going at running back we may need all the bodies we can get. If Crowell has half the impact Lattimore does, we may be sitting undefeated this time next season.

Go Dawgs

Lowndes25

October 12th, 2010
1:52 pm

@naganole, not sure I get the gist of your post. Maybe I am just having a blond-moment but it doesn’t make sense to me. Below is the last thing Kipp Adams said…not sure how you can construe it that he doesn’t agree with Scout about LB Terrance Smith:

Coach Grantham really connected with Terrance and his family, and did an excellent job showing him how much he is needed and how he is a better fit for the 3-4 than 4-3. GEORGIA IS IN IT NOW FOR SURE, JUST HAVE TO STAY ON HIM.

The floor is yours….

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 12th, 2010
2:08 pm

PMC wrote “Caleb King is a bust whatever he was supposed to be… it didn’t work out. He’s not very good.”

Yeah, and I guarantee you he will be on an NFL roster in a couple of years.

Fear #24

October 12th, 2010
2:10 pm

My time is coming soon and I will run over, around, and through all the competition.

Terry

October 12th, 2010
2:10 pm

Stats coming out of high school Ken Malcome Ht:6′0″ Wt:213 lbs 40:4.54 secs Bench Max:310 Squat Max:525 lets see what he can do looks to be a powerful young man, not the fastest but not slow either, could have added some strength since high school. Here’s a Analyst of him I got from the rivals and scout recruiting sites coming out of high school. Malcome is not a blazer out of the backfield, but he has enough speed to go with his power, vision, and patience to make him one of the top backs in the South. He is a down hill runner, but he also has very good cutback ability. He runs through arm tackles, he has enough quickness to get to the edge of the defense, and he is a back that is the compete package. – Chad Simmons – South Recruiting

Billo

October 12th, 2010
2:13 pm

any word on how Boo looks in practice. With 3 others in front of him he cant be getting many reps.

Terry

October 12th, 2010
2:15 pm

Lowndes25, Can they play Ken Malcome a game without burning his red shirt? I know they played Hutson Mason, but it was not but a few play’s.

LagDawg

October 12th, 2010
2:15 pm

This redshirt thing is a joke. We don’t have a talented RB and we should not redshirt anybody that plays RB with our lack of depth. This is another situation of our coaching staff not using our talent wisely. With the way Rambo plays, Ogletree should be seeing more playing time. He was one of the top 3 safeties in the nation last year and we are not using his talents wisely. It’s called poor coaching. So what, we won last week. If Richt wants to impress us, win out the rest of the season and then make the proper changes at the end of the season and then that will convince us that he wants to stay and get the job done properly. Hopefully he will replace the offensive coaches and i hope he hires competent coaches that are also great recruiters because the ones we have now cannot close the deal and i don’t think they are good judges of talent. It’s hard to miss on murray. With the problems on the DL, why is Mike Thornton not playing. He is supposed to be a big talent.

Concrete Pete

October 12th, 2010
2:21 pm

Chip, it seems as if UGA’s chances of getting Crowell are slipping. I feel that the dogs don’t have a top quality RB on campus and they MUST get one asap. Assuming Crowell goes elsewhere, who is the next best RB on the dogs radar that may actually pick UGA?

TechRedNeck

October 12th, 2010
2:22 pm

If the kid can play, let him play. I’m no dawg hater, love to see em win all but that last game. A nd I hope they can roll over those GATORS. They proved in the Tenn. game they ant gonna quit. I just hope the Jackets can play UP to the caliber of the SEC and above the ACC type ball.

Lowndes25

October 12th, 2010
2:27 pm

@Terry, there is a way that you can do this, but it sometimes involves slight fabrications of injuries. Let’s say that Boo plays the next two games and then we get Caleb back, Ealey behind him and then C. Thomas behind those guys…now Boo is buried on the depth chart again will no chance to see any meaningful carries. What do you do? Well, you can have Boo fake an injury (i.e. torn ligaments in his ankle or something of that nature) and since he has not played in more than 30% of his team’s games then he would qualify for a medical redshirt. Voila, that is how you beat the system (and it happens more often than you think…I know of one instance at USCe where a guy played in a few games and then the coaches decided he needed to take a Medical redshirt. The prognosis was a messed up leg…when he was interviewed the following year and asked how his leg was doing the kid could not even remember which leg was supposedly injured). Now, Coach Richt is a man of integrity, so I don’t see him utilizing this tactic, but I just wanted you to know that it is indeed an option that is out there.

kingster

October 12th, 2010
2:28 pm

UGA owns you tasty Bees, many whats wrong with you, do you have to low rate any team that is not UGA, you never mention about your AD, nothing about after the new AD said stop all of this stupidness, nothing about the double figures you have in players getting stop and going to jail, what about that place being the #1 party school, are ya that dim, sure some kids don’t want to go to TECH, but rather go to UGA. Because at TECH you get a well rounded education, at UGA its easier, CMR need to tell them the real, get your educ in case football don’t work out, hummmmmm!!!