UGA’s Ken ‘Boo’ Malcome ready to show what he can do at tailback

Redshirt freshman tailback Ken Malcome, a Southwest DeKalb graduate, feels he has been "slept on a little bit." (UGA photo by Steve Colquitt)

Redshirt freshman tailback Ken Malcome, a Southwest DeKalb graduate, feels he has been "slept on a little bit." (UGA photo by Steve Colquitt)

The first thing you notice about Ken Malcome is his physique. He’s not the heavyset kid known around Southwest DeKalb as “Boo” anymore. Upon initial sighting he actually looks taller. To that notion he just laughs and says his body has “been rearranged.”

“I’ve lost a lot of body fat,” Malcome said this past Friday. “I can’t remember what my percentage was  the last time they checked it but it’s a lot lower. I got a lot more muscle, a lot more tone. The coaches say I look a lot better from the time I first got here.”

Malcome came to Georgia last year at 6-foot, 215 pounds and weighed 226 when the Bulldogs entered spring practice. He now sits at 220 pounds, which he said is right about where Georgia wants him.

As for the “rearrangement,” Malcome credits that to two things: One, the daily torture chamber that is Georgia’s offseason strength and conditioning program under coach Joe Tereshinski; and two, Malcome is supremely motivated to get some playing time at tailback this fall.

“I feel like I’ve been slept on a little bit,” said Malcome, who rushed for 1,168 yards and 16 touchdowns at Southwest DeKalb before redshirting last season. “I’ve got to be ready Sept. 3rd. That’s all I’ve been thinking in my head.”

Malcome best be ready. After this week’s news that junior Carlton Thomas will have to sit out the opener due to a disciplinary suspension, he’s one of three scholarships tailbacks the Bulldogs have left, and that’s only after Georgia moved Richard Samuel back over to offense from linebacker. Samuel played 22 games at tailback with six starts his first two seasons before getting moved to defense and redshirting last year. So Samuel is now the only tailback with game experience.

“A lot of things have happened this summer,” Malcome said. “We lost Washaun [Ealey] and Caleb [King] and now Richard’s back. But we’ve still been grinding. The current running backs can’t think about all that other stuff. Whatever happens, happens. It’s unfortunate that some of those guys are gone, but we have to look forward and keep moving.”

Malcome said he doesn’t see Samuel’s move back to the position as a lack of confidence from the coaching staff in him or true freshman Isaiah Crowell.

“It’s probably good to have that experience,” Malcome said. “We’re still very young. Richard gives us an experienced back and can help us keep our confidence up.”

Malcome may have already found his way on the field, but minor injuries and difficulty grasping the playbook have held him back. He missed 10 practice sessions in the spring due to a groin injury. He said it’s still an issue but believes he can play through it.

“The groin is cool now,” Malcome said. “I’m still getting treatment on it. I’m going to try my best to get it better for camp. Once you start running on it it’ll start hurting again, but I’ve just got to keep going.”

There’s reason to believe he can. So far at least, he has survived Tereshinski’s run-heavy training regimen.

“It’s rough, real rough,” Malcome said. “I’m not much of a long-distance runner, but I make my times. You get used to it after a while.”

It shows. Soon we’ll find out if it translates onto the football field.

170 comments Add your comment

jwritz

July 20th, 2011
11:38 am

Joe “T” put the heat on them….

dawg gone

July 20th, 2011
11:39 am

DawginLex

July 20th, 2011
11:39 am

It’s probably good to have that experience,” Malcome said. “We’re still very young. Richard gives us an experienced back and can help us keep our confidence up.”
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That is exactly what I said the day after the move was made.
Plus, there is better competition.

I hope Malcome has a great year along with Samuel and Crowell ends up being redshirted. How would that be for all the predictions of “We have to have Crowell or we are done”??

jaxdawgfan

July 20th, 2011
11:40 am

The way things are going, this headline is the kiss of death for Malcome. Here’s hoping he is mature enough to break the chain, get his chance, and make the most of it, for himself and for the Dawgs.

Ifyoucantbeatem join em

July 20th, 2011
11:40 am

1st eh? I hope Boo can make a difference on the field this year!

old time dog

July 20th, 2011
11:42 am

Logan Walker

July 20th, 2011
11:46 am

I hope Malcome gets some serious playing time early on this season. But more than than, I hope he takes that opportunity and seizes it and plays with the passion and drive our RB’s have been missing the past few seasons.

ToccoaDawg

July 20th, 2011
11:48 am

the daily torture chamber that is Georgia’s offseason strength and conditioning program under coach Joe Tereshinski……. that’s what has been missing the past years

AppalachianDawg

July 20th, 2011
11:49 am

DawginLex…Why would you redshirt a talent like IC. He won’t be here but 3 years and you only want him to play 2 of those? Silly boy, football is for grownups.

me

July 20th, 2011
11:55 am

first, and hopefully Boo will be on the depth chart

Tobias Funke

July 20th, 2011
11:56 am

Run, run, and run some more. I love hearing that the players hate the training. That means its WORKING.

78 DAWG

July 20th, 2011
11:56 am

This kid is awesome, he was only 4 stars coming out of HS, but he’s worked out hard and will be all sec/american before he’s done, unless he shares to much time with crowell (who also looks like an AA).

Tobias Funke

July 20th, 2011
11:58 am

Crowell will NOT be redshirted. He will get at least 10 carries in the Dome. Malcome is a bruiser in every sense of the word. He is going to shock the SEC. Write that down.

JWDAWG

July 20th, 2011
11:59 am

I am hoping he will be this years Lattimore. I have been telling all my family to watch out for Boo. He is primed to take the reigns. He is big and strong with speed. This is what we need. Go dawgs!

Dawglasville

July 20th, 2011
12:02 pm

The groin thing sux but everything else sounded good. Hopefully Coach T’s program will fix our 4th quarter issues.

NWGADAWG

July 20th, 2011
12:03 pm

How is the Offensive Line making it through the torture chamber? I saw Ben Jones with his hands on his hips gasping for air alot last year.

cyberdawg

July 20th, 2011
12:03 pm

I’m a bit worried after hearing his groin injury is not fully healed. That type of injury can last a long time if not completely recovered and it is tough to play through.

February through August

July 20th, 2011
12:04 pm

Auburn, Florida, LSU and Alabama (and now maybe SC) may win games from September through January, but UGA is the best the rest of the year. Your offense is going to be great, you win 6 games (were any against someone with a winning record?) lose your top 2 wideouts, top 2 O linemen & top 2 running backs, but this year……….

DawginLex

July 20th, 2011
12:08 pm

AppalachianDawg

Reports from Athens regaring Crowell:

1.) Can’t make it through Jor T workouts
2.) Not physically strong at all
3.) Having to be led around campus on a leash by Thomas Brown

Those qualities sir are not the makings of a leader on a football team.
This boy needs to grow up and earn the respect of his teammates and coaches.

I hope I am wrong and he changes his spots but I am not hopeful.

When you have 2 players who are bigger and stronger and more mature ready to play, that is who I go with.

And leave the “silly boy” comments on the roadside will you?
I’m 6′4″ 245 pounds and 53 years old and still can run so give it a rest allright? and keep this civil

Remarkable

July 20th, 2011
12:09 pm

Maybe we will have a team that can be strong in the forth quarter. That’s where we lost a lot of games last year. Keep building their strength AND conditioning.

Herschel Talker

July 20th, 2011
12:10 pm

DawginLex:

With Richt on the hotseat (and deservedly so, of course), there is no way in hell that Crowell is redshirting.

HT

DawginLex

July 20th, 2011
12:13 pm

I agree about that HT but I am telling you what I am hearing about Crowell and it ain’t good.

DSGB

July 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

My first concern is our offensive line, it doesn’t matter who is running the ball. So I hope whoever the RB is, he puts his best foot forward and become the man!!!!

hugedawgfan

July 20th, 2011
12:19 pm

BOO all the way to !!!!!!!

MoDawg

July 20th, 2011
12:20 pm

Man, the technonerds have been quiet, lately.

It’s a nice change.

Herschel Talker

July 20th, 2011
12:21 pm

DawginLex:

What you’re saying doesn’t surprise me in the least. This is a pattern that has repeated itself over and over again under CMR. But after the hell CMR got for redshirting Knowshon (again, deservedly so), Crowell will play because CMR will deem that his talent will win out over his attitude. And if you’re right about IC, then CMR is toast (thank God).

HT

BirdDog

July 20th, 2011
12:25 pm

Boo looked good in the spring game IMO. He’s what they call a “down hill runner”. I expect he will be a good back and a DGD! I can’t wait to hear all of the stadium yelling “Boo” in a good way!

PreyDawg

July 20th, 2011
12:25 pm

DawginLex, I am hearing some things that really concern me as well. However, I disagree with the redshirt idea. I think the redshirt is a thing of the past. These kids nowadays all too rarely stay in school, redshirt or no redshirt. All a redshirt for this kid will do is insure that we have him for two years instead of three. Plus we are just too short at the position this year. I actually have the highest hopes for a Malcombe/Carlton Thomas one two punch. If we can just keep these two focused and healthy. Glad to hear Joe T is tough on them. Gosh we have needed that!!

By the way, if this is the same AppalacianDawg as last year, he’s usually alright. Liked your comeback though.

Red Clay Hound

July 20th, 2011
12:30 pm

DawginLex, do you have any eligibility left?

@dawginlex

July 20th, 2011
12:31 pm

Why keep putting out what happened in the initial workouts? IC is coming along.

Frank Lane

July 20th, 2011
12:33 pm

Malcome’s you tube films from high school are awesome. Just runs through people.

teewest

July 20th, 2011
12:35 pm

Hey DawginLex is the info you got recent? Like maybe this week. I am hoping IC catches on quick with workouts. Seems like the JC defensive tackle came in ready to do some damage. Ic does look like he might be country strong.

11Dawg

July 20th, 2011
12:37 pm

I wish I could be quoted in a newspaper saying “My groin is cool.” Alas, my dream will probably never come true.

Red Clay Hound

July 20th, 2011
12:39 pm

11Dawg Lol…

Jamaica Dawg

July 20th, 2011
12:40 pm

Let’s give Crowell the benefit of the doubt. He’s a freshman and there is always an adjustment period as I’m sure we all remember, even as non football enrollees:)

Dawgs1

July 20th, 2011
12:42 pm

I do not like the comments about the groin. You can bet if it hasn’t resolved over the summer it will be a major issue in the fall. Just more bad news. Don’t like problems before we get started. If it becomes a major problem, shame on him and the staff for not letting it heal during the no contact period.

Jimmy Crack

July 20th, 2011
12:43 pm

No wonder Benedict quit. lol Wipe it off, Joe?

Go get ‘em Ken. I love it. I am glad Joe Sr. is really getting on them.

azdawg

July 20th, 2011
12:43 pm

Malcombe’s play will be key to successful running game this season provided the OL comes through. I doubt IC can carry the load all by himself. He didn’t look too good in the HS all american game. Boo M did a good job in the spring game. Look for him to be the go to back this season barring any injuries.

@dawginlex

July 20th, 2011
12:46 pm

This all started because he got sick at the first workouts. He wasn’t the only one throwing up after the drill but IC was the only one that was talked about. Give him time to grow.

Trojan

July 20th, 2011
12:54 pm

Why do people work so hard at trying to spew new negative stuff about UGA? What a limited life?

[...] Bataan Death March which is the Georgia running backs situation continues apace with today’s admission from Ken Malcome: … Malcome may have already found his way on the field, but minor injuries and difficulty [...]

schmeckdawg

July 20th, 2011
12:57 pm

Once you start running on it it’ll start hurting again, but I’ve just got to keep going.”

That doesn’t sound real good. A chronic groin injury!

schmeckdawg

July 20th, 2011
1:00 pm

DawginLex @12:08 Where are you hearing this info. from? It sounds terrible.

Indian Dawg

July 20th, 2011
1:04 pm

Boo sounds like a class act. Hope he and Samuel set the bar high.

Dirty Dawg

July 20th, 2011
1:15 pm

Of course Crowell won’t be redshirted, we learned that lesson with Moreno – the good ones don’t hang around when there’s money to be made…dawginlex seems to be ‘in on the know’, or at least wants us to believe he is, and if so young Mr. Crowell won’t necessarily be the ‘go-to’ back that we were expecting, but my bet is he’ll be a true threat to go all the way on any given down if used properly, which I believe he will. It’s how he does on the field the counts – after all Herschel was labeled ‘just a big, stiff, back’ by Vince before that Tennessee game.

Meanwhile here’s hoping that Boo and Sammy will make big contributions and help make Georgia’s running game a true positive. By the way, I’m still pushing for them to give The Camilla Comet (Justin Scott-Wesley) a ‘look-see’ at T-back…you gotta figure out how to get that kind of speed and strength in the game in the right spots and he shouldn’t be limited to the fourth or fifth WR.

Big Ten Champs Nebraska....Dawg

July 20th, 2011
1:17 pm

He needs to prove he can read, write and stay out of trouble first.

Spike 80DF

July 20th, 2011
1:20 pm

ret roh, groin injuries can linger for a long time. hope he’s fully recovered and doesn’t injure it again or then it will be the Samuel/Crowell show in the dome…..

Charlie Hayes

July 20th, 2011
1:22 pm

If he is making it through the Joe-T run heavy program then he should hold up during the season, as far as the groin is concerned. These guys are being pushed harder than ever under CMR and it will show on the field this year. Boo will be fine and will be a good combo with Samuel and Crowell. Samuel = Inside Back, Malcome = Inside Back and Crowell = Outside Back and Receiver from backfield. These three will be the best RB package that UGA has put on the field since Knowshon Moreno and Thomas Brown. Glad to see Samuel is going to get his chance to carry this team in the running game and show that flashy backs (i.e. Ealey and King) are not the need at UGA. We need a grinder that can pound through the defense and eat up the game clock to control the game. Samuel and Boo will be a big surprise to all the naysayers this year! Go Dawgs!

WDE

July 20th, 2011
1:24 pm

@Big Ten Champs Nebraska….Dawg ….must be another slow day in the Big Ten…suns up corn’s growing nothing else to report.

Big Dirty Dawg

July 20th, 2011
1:24 pm

I second…Dirty Dawgs last post!! Give the ball to JSW outta the backfield. Speed kills after reaching the second level!! With all the meat being put on the Oline this year…I’m going to optimistic about the running game opening back up. Searles played alotta finesse players. Plus, a true bulldawg fan always know we play better as an underdog…and being underestimated!!