Ken Malcome, Derek Owens become latest Bulldogs to leave program

ATHENS – Two more Georgia football players have decided to continue their careers elsewhere.

Ken Malcome, a redshirt freshman running back from Decatur, and Derek Owens, a sophomore cornerback from Jacksonville, both asked head coach Mark Richt to be released from their scholarships and are seeking transfers. Including safety Jakar Hamilton, that’s now three players who have left the program during this season.

Owens’ departure was expected and has been in motion for a few days. Malcome’s decision was an obvious disappointment for Richt.

“[Malcome] walked into my office just prior to practice and felt like he had gotten so far behind in the competition at his position, he felt like he needed to go to another school and get a fresh start and maybe get a better opportunity to play,” Richt said Wednesday. “So that’s where we are on that.”

Malcome, an all-state player at Southwest DeKalb High, was expected to step to the forefront this season with Georgia’s attrition at tailback. But after Washaun Ealey and Caleb King exited the program, Malcome fell behind true freshman Isaiah Crowell, junior Carlton Thomas and former walkon Brandon Harton on the depth chart in preseason camp. He did not the make travel roster for Ole Miss and finishes his Georgia career with one carry for zero yards.

Richt said he’d welcome back Malcome back if the player changed his mind.

“If Ken came to me tomorrow and said, ‘Coach, I lost my mind and I’,m sorry and I’d love to come back and compete here at Georgia, I’d hug his neck and say ‘come on,’” Richt said.

Owens played in Georgia’s first three games on special teams but also didn’t make the trip to Ole Miss. He had two tackles this season and six while appearing in 12 games last season. Richt said he does not expect Owens to transfer to Cincinnati, as has been reported.

Malcome and Owens represent the 14th and 15th Georgia players to leave the program with eligibility remaining since the end of last season. That includes players such as A.J. Green and Justin Houston, who entered the NFL draft, and Tanner Strickland and Tanner Sturdivant, who were medically disqualified. (See chary below)

The majority, however, left either because they’d fallen behind on the depth chart or did not see eye-to-eye with the football staff.

“Most everybody we recruit was probably the best player on their team or one of the best players on their team,” Richt said. “So most of them think they’re going to show up and play. They get around athletes that are just as good as them and now they have to learn to compete. Sometimes they see the mountain as too high too climb and they decide to go somewhere else. And that’s fine if that’s what’s going on.

“I want all these guys to get an opportunity to play. I want them all to get an education. But I think there’s value in fighting for your job.”

DOGS GONE

Pos.+Player+Class+Reason for leaving

  1. OL+Brent Benedict+RFr.+Transferred to Virginia Tech
  2. LB+Marcus Dowtin+Jr.+Transferred to North Alabama
  3. TB+Washaun Ealey+Jr.+Transferred to Jacksonville State
  4. FS Jakar Hamilton+Sr.+Seeking transfer
  5. TB+Caleb King+Jr.+Academically ineligible
  6. WR+Logan Gray+Jr.+Graduated w/ eligibility, transferred to Colorado
  7. WR+A.J. Green+Jr.+Early entry into NFL draft
  8. FS+Jakar Hamilton+Sr. +Transferring. Destination unknown.
  9. OL+A.J. Harmon+Jr.+Transferred to Alabama State
  10. LB+Justin Houston+Jr.+Early entry into NFL draft
  11. DE+Jeremy Longo+Jr.+Medically disqualified
  12. RB+Ken Malcome+RFr+Seeking transfer
  13. CB+Derek Owens+So.+Seeking transfer
  14. OL+Tanner Strickland+Sr.+Graduated with eligibility remaining
  15. OL+Trinton Sturdivant+Sr.+Knee injury, career over
  16. DB+Nick Williams+Jr.+Transferred to North Alabama

574 comments Add your comment

JAWJeRDAWG

September 28th, 2011
8:48 pm

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Looks like we know who’s tough. .. Go Dawgs!

boots

September 28th, 2011
8:52 pm

Well, this is not likely to impact us too heavily. Sorry to hear Malcomb is going, but it might open up the opps for a new RB recruit.

LakeDawg

September 28th, 2011
8:53 pm

The recruiting class that included Malcombe and Owens was weak. The next two classes made them irrelevant.

MarineDog

September 28th, 2011
8:55 pm

Can’t say that it didn’t see this coming with Malcome. I hope he excels wherever he decides to go. There’s been a lot of speculation on this. I was really hoping to see him play. Not sure if injuries or his lack of competition led to this. Good luck to the kid!

Just Curious

September 28th, 2011
8:56 pm

Why doesnt other SEC teams who recruit the same caliber of players as we do have as many players leave? Are they not the best on there high school teams too? Maybe they do and we dont hear about it as much. I guess it opens up more scholarships to give on signing day anyway. If they do not want to play for us they dont have too! Go Dawgs!

Bigdsel

September 28th, 2011
8:58 pm

Too bad they don’t want to fight to win

chuck

September 28th, 2011
8:58 pm

The Dawgs need a big upgrade over Garner when it comes to recruiting. The class of 2012 is off to a terrible start. The top tier teams sign a top class every year. One top 10 class followed by a 35th rated class will get you a string of 8-4 or 7-5 teams.

ryan

September 28th, 2011
8:58 pm

I don’t like to here about transfers but i hope and prey that we get Kieth Marshall and Todd Gurley and hang on to Derrick Henry it has been just a PR nightmare for CMR and company .

AugustaDawg

September 28th, 2011
8:58 pm

Wish Samuel IV was moved back to linebacker and that Boo would have played more…

JAWJeRDAWG

September 28th, 2011
8:59 pm

What happened to those few original ‘personal’ thoughts that suddenly disappeared? Were they fleeting? I say that! LOL

outkasted

September 28th, 2011
8:59 pm

curious george im sorry to bust your bubble but it happens at other schools too including SEC schools

JAWJeRDAWG

September 28th, 2011
8:59 pm

sorry – SAW that!

Ellijay dawgcatcher

September 28th, 2011
8:59 pm

What is really going on in Athens? Has to be more to this than what we are being told.

nash

September 28th, 2011
8:59 pm

Boo is the one player that I feel will be most missed. Not to say anything bad about Hitman, Dowton or, Nick Williams but, Boo is the one that I thought would have established a legacy as a DGD

icedawg

September 28th, 2011
8:59 pm

My how the college game has changed.

AugustaDawg

September 28th, 2011
9:00 pm

Derrick Henry will be moved to DE when he comes in or wherever he goes. He knows that. He is a beast, but his $ will be made at DE

Billy Ray C

September 28th, 2011
9:00 pm

Gooooooooooooooooooooood Riddence! Cancers suck the life out of a team, good luck being a leech at another school. What about all those “insiders” (hint hint) who claimed Boo would be the starter and roll right by Crowell??? Where are you know?

JC

September 28th, 2011
9:00 pm

Like Mclendon said, you play if you practice…seems like Ken did not want to pay the price it takes to get playing time. Good luck to him, hope his life turns out well. Now let’s get going with the guys who want to compete and want to be here. If they don’t want to pay the price, let ‘em go! I like it.

icedawg

September 28th, 2011
9:00 pm

Perhaps players have left in the past but it was not news.

VA DAWG

September 28th, 2011
9:02 pm

Good luck to them, but the mentality has changed in Athens…”the best will play.”. If you don’t want to compete then go to a school who will hand you playing time. Looks like Marshall and Gurley have the opportunity to come in and compete for immediate playing time. Go DAWGS!

Ellijay dawgcatcher

September 28th, 2011
9:03 pm

Fellas, every class we have recruited in the past 5 seasons has been one of the top classes in America.. Something stinks in Athens. Help me understand this.

YungDawg87

September 28th, 2011
9:06 pm

Ellijay dawgcatcher

September 28th, 2011
9:07 pm

VA DAWG

Does it even matter who we bring in? It seems to always end up the same way. Garner can recruit stars, but not football players.

Just Curious

September 28th, 2011
9:08 pm

Outkasted… I follow other SEC Teams as well and i honestly dont see as MANY players leaving a program. So you are not busting my bubble. How about come back with some numbers to back your point up. It seems we have had quite a bit of players leave the program in past two years. Be interesting if other SEC schools have as many. It actually may be good that these players leave. Let me know what you find out and thanks for doing the leg work on this project.

JB

September 28th, 2011
9:09 pm

Malcomb was given every chance with reps to shine. He was signed by Dawgs after they struck out with the big names year before last. He’s a great kid, but we beat out no one in the SEC for his services.
I wish him well and hope he goes somewhere and shines. Mean while, we are one bad ankle away from being in deep you know what. IC looks so far like a good back but not SEC battle tested to me and could come up lame at anytime in the early season. I would hope by Florida we are not left with Samuels and C. Thomas. OUCH. Saturday tells a lot.we play a physical team, pretty well coached, without near the talent. Old Richt teams, this would be a 35-21 win.

ryan

September 28th, 2011
9:09 pm

Todd Gurley is close to a decision hopefully with news now we are in better position to get him .

Vince Lombardi

September 28th, 2011
9:11 pm

It’s either the recruiting or the coaching. Judging by all of the “Dream Teams” that UGA has brought in, I’d say it ain’t the recruitin’………

South West Dekalb! Track Star

September 28th, 2011
9:13 pm

too bad for ken

Mobile Dawg

September 28th, 2011
9:14 pm

I think you reap what you sow. Richt’s inattention to the program the last five years has come full circle and bitten him.

ryan

September 28th, 2011
9:14 pm

The only thing that worry’s me about this is our depth chart what if Crowell gets hurt CMR ’s job is on the line Crowell has been biggest spark for this offense we can not afford to loose anymore players .

JB

September 28th, 2011
9:15 pm

Also Disturbing news today this big OL from Boles we have committed is visiting Notre Dame. I got a feeling, until we get some resolve in Athens, it’s gonna be like this. And by resolve, to save recruiting, McGarity sooner than later will have to decide. We give the old public vote of confidence and an extension… or let it be known there will be a change. My guess we’ll know by the Florida game, or I should say after that game.

Ellijay dawgcatcher

September 28th, 2011
9:15 pm

That Mike Singletary rant is running thru my mind, talking about me first players; “It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them. Cannot win with them. Cannot coach with them. Can’t do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win. ” Maybe he would work in Athens.

Gravy Train

September 28th, 2011
9:16 pm

All you guys bashing Malcome have no idea what you’re talking about. The dude has been injured since he arrived in Athens, that’s why he hasn’t practiced well. While he has been dealing with injuries, others have passed him by. He’s had groin and leg injuries hamper him his whole time in Athens, that’s no excuse, it’s just the way it is. I hope the kid gets second thoughts and tries to fight it out for Georgia. However, if he doesn’t, I wont hate on him for that. He has to do what is best for him, not you all.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

September 28th, 2011
9:18 pm

Do these kids get any encourgement and counseling from anybody on the coaching staff? Are they told why they are not getting playing time? I know theres alot of talent in these guys. Or they would not have been recruited. I hope they don’t go to some other SEC school and have their best game against the dogs. That would be an embarrassment.

JB

September 28th, 2011
9:18 pm

Gravy…I saw Boo get a lot of carries in the spring game. He didn’t look hurt then, just say’n.

Andy in Athens

September 28th, 2011
9:18 pm

What a worthless piece of crap. I’ve heard for months that Malcolm’s only problem is that he’s too lazy to practice. He stops practicing with every boo-boo and just doesn’t work hard. That’s the main problem with the wins/losses the past few years. Too many entitled players feeling like something should be handed to them, and being too soft to compete with other teams. Good luck, Ken. Now you can go on to your meaningless football career at a no-name school, never make it anywhere because you’re lazy, and end up in a job like the rest of the world working to make ends meet. It’s sad to think that my contribution money could have been wasted on trying to give you a free education. What a waste of talent.

wag

September 28th, 2011
9:18 pm

I really think Richt is being harder than he used to be. That is a good thing. If the kids can’t handle it, then good luck elsewhere.

ryan

September 28th, 2011
9:20 pm

Man what horrible couple of years it has last year was bad enough i fell like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day .

ha

September 28th, 2011
9:20 pm

Oh yeah everythings ok, we don’t need half our team, we will be ok, we are gawna win the SEC. Wait I hate UGAY and yes you are screwed.

JB

September 28th, 2011
9:22 pm

Nobody, let me tell you the difference in Richt and Sprurrier. If Richt was going to start Mason ahead of Murray, or give him half the reps, he would call him ( Murray) on Tuesday, tell him, console him, they would call Murray’s parents from the office and talk about it…………………….. Sprurrier…He would tell Garcia, at the game, “get you butt on the bench, I’m giving the other guy a whirl”……………

Train wreck of a program...

September 28th, 2011
9:23 pm

Move along…nothing to see here…

McDawg

September 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

sorry Boo but you are a pussie

chem

September 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

jakar hamilton is listed twice in your list

JB

September 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

I’m just thankful we aren’t playing Arkansas,Bama and LSU this year, along with out visit with Florida.

JB

September 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

@9:23…………That’s funny…I don’t know why, but I’m still laughing.

DAWG ONE

September 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

One thing that is easily overlooked is the fact that these kids are good in HS but like it was said above, play against the best when getting to college. Also, another factor is that these kids are rated with stars by writers, not coaches. I don’t put great value on stars because you never know who will rise to the top. I remember when Ben Jones was attending camp and I think Garner asked him who else “he wanted to whip this time”! He was not rated too highly at that time, and look at how he turned out. How about some of these walk-ons? In short, we never know until they hit the field. There are even some that don’t practice well, but in a game, excel.

Mobile Dawg

September 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

I don’t think a decision is imminent “on Richt” unless we lose, which is highly possible. If we lose Saturday I think a private conversation takes place letting Richt know it’s over. What he does after that is anyone’s guess. It just seems like everything is unraveling on Mark Richt right now, football wise.

Ellijay dawgcatcher

September 28th, 2011
9:30 pm

Yes sir, we are one high ankle sprain to Crowell and we get the Carlton Thomas Show. Not ripping on Mr. Thomas, but, he is a situational back, not a feature back. How in hades does this happen to an SEC program? What an absolute mess this has become. LSU and Alabama trot out three tailbacks each, with little or no drop-off in performance. We’ve got a true freshman, a converted linebacker, and a young man who is too small to be an every down back. Again, how does this happen?

McDawg

September 28th, 2011
9:30 pm

my father would not let me QUIT nor would my friends

Malcome is a big fat wussy go home

Dawg48

September 28th, 2011
9:31 pm

Could this mean that the backs from north Carolina are coming in on this recruiting class? That would mean more competition for malcomb that could be a reason he left?