Georgia’s Ken Malcome ‘not too happy with situation’ at tailback

Georgia's Ken "Boo" Malcome does not begrudge the success of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall but is not happy with getting mainly mop-up duty in Georgia's tailback rotation. (UGA photo)

Georgia's Ken "Boo" Malcome does not begrudge the success of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall but is not happy with getting mainly mop-up duty in Georgia's tailback rotation. (UGA photo)

ATHENS – For Georgia it’s a good problem to have. But for Ken Malcome, it’s more than a little frustrating.

Everybody knows about the successes of freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall this season. Gurley was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News on Thursday. He became just the second Georgia true freshman to surpass 1,000 yards in a season (1,260 to date) and scored 17 touchdowns, including a 100-yard kickoff return. Marshall emerged as Gurley’s primary backup and ran for 723 yards and 8 scores.

Lost in the smoke of that fire has been Malcome, who actually began the season as the starting tailback. The redshirt sophomore from Decatur has appeared in 10 of the Bulldogs’ 13 games, averaging 27.2 yards and 5 carries in those contests.

As Georgia prepares for its Jan. 1 date with Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, Malcome is not sure what his future is with the team or in football in general.

“I’m not too happy with that situation,” Malcome said following Georgia’s practice Thursday afternoon. “But like I said to the coaches, I’m a player and I’m going to do what they tell me to. I’ve got two more years of football, then I don’t know. We’re going to see what happens. . . . I’m not sure at all what I’m going to do.”

Malcome has been down this road before. He actually left the team for one day in 2011 when freshman Isaiah Crowell emerged as the primary ball-carrier and his opportunities dried up midway through the season. Malcome returned at the behest of coach Mark Richt and exhibited a better attitude the rest of the season. He ended the year as the Bulldogs’ leading rusher over the final four games of the season.

Of course, Crowell was dismissed following a mid-summer arrest and Malcome became the starter by default. But Gurley and Marshall bypassed Malcome on the depth chart by the second week of this season.

“I can’t fault them,” Malcome said of his freshman backfield mates. “What they’re doing on the field, it doesn’t affect anything off the field. I’m still going to take them around with me, we’re still going to sit and eat together. . . . It’s just playing time.”

Malcome said he understands and respects the talent of the underclassmen. He simply feels he hasn’t been utilized enough in the rotation.

“I don’t have to start,” he said. “I don’t mind sharing carries. I just want to contribute to winning like I know I can. Coming in in the last minute when nobody really cares with all freshman linemen that haven’t developed yet, they’re putting me in situations where I can’t really help myself.”

Malcome’s role has been to play in the final minutes of games in which the outcome has been decided. His most productive game of the year was five carries for 45 yards in the 35-7 loss to South Carolina. His long run was 30 yards in the 48-3 win over Vanderbilt. He’s averaging 4.8 yards per carry, to 6.3 for Gurley and 6.6 for Marshall.

His teammates empathize.

“He’s been through a lot,” said Gurley, who leads the Bulldogs with 17 touchdowns. “As far as us being his teammates, we check on him and just treat on him like we would one of our family members. We’re together. . . . The whole 9running backs) meeting room, guys have been saying it’s been the best all year.”

Georgia’s coaches were recruiting and not available for interviews Thursday.

Meanwhile, Malcome said he’s in the best shape of his life. He’s up to 232 pounds and simply believes he has more to offer.

“I’ve talked to them a couple of times,” Malcome said of the coaching staff. “I’m not going to get into what they say. What me and Coach talk about is confidential. But basically . . . I don’t stand toe-to-toe with what they say. I told myself, ‘I’m just going to try to do good every time I get a chance.’”

GEORGIA’S LEADING RUSHERS

  • Fr. Todd Gurley (12 starts) — 199 carries — 1,260 yards — 6.3 ypc — 16 TDs
  • Fr. Keith Marshall (0 starts) — 109 carries — 723 yards — 6.6 ypc — 8 TDs
  • So. Ken Malcome (1 start) — 57 carries — 274 yards — 4.8 ypc — 2 TDs

182 comments Add your comment

kybodawg

December 13th, 2012
7:47 pm

i dont blame malcome, it would be great to have fresh legs for a series or two in the second half of any game, anybody who thought bobo was going to alternate 3 or 4 backs , i have some land in fla. to sell you. what does it say to kamara, you see ala, lsu evens.c. rotate backs, but not bobo.

Vinny D

December 13th, 2012
7:49 pm

We have seen the last of Ken Malcome at UGA. Unless of course we put up 70 on Nebraska…

hit a single

December 13th, 2012
8:14 pm

You play who you think is the best and the coaches think Gurley and Marshall are better, bottom line.

Macclenny_dawg

December 13th, 2012
8:14 pm

Wish we ran him up the middle and Marshall on the edges when girly gets a rest. I wish we used Marshall like a Reggie bush and used him in backfield at same time as our big backs. But its not bobo’s way to be creative. But I hope boo can get a few touches when its 3rd and 1. Go Dawgs!!!

Dawg Talk

December 13th, 2012
8:27 pm

When you work hard at something, good things happen to you in life (i.e. Gurly & Marshall), but when you don’t, don’t expect anything other than average. You have been at UGA 2 yrs now, the first year was your attitude & work ethic problem, so you decided to quit the team, then you wanted to come back. So tell me again now, just who’s fault is it concerning your playing time? Certainly, it can’t be YOURS!!!!!! That’s the problem with society now, it’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault!!!!!! Take your “wet blanket with you when you leave!”

Space Bacon Bulldog

December 13th, 2012
8:40 pm

He should practice better if he wants more playing time. That, or maybe he should play more Space Bacon Bulldog on his iPad!

Blake

December 13th, 2012
9:13 pm

Malcome has been coddled enough. Bottom line is if he were deserving of more PT, he would be getting it. He runs tough when called upon, but his talent level is not even half as good as Gurley’s and Marshall’s and their attitudes are better as well. If you want more PT, then try harder, or transfer to an FCS school and split time, if not then shut up already. We need more attitudes like Gurley, Marshall, Jarvis Jones, Richard Samuel, etc. All these prima donnas have to go.

Frodo

December 13th, 2012
9:14 pm

Malcome is better than Marshall. If you believe otherwise, you haven’t watched enough football.

bubba4dawgs

December 13th, 2012
9:15 pm

Malcome is very important to the DAWGS running back corps. He’s just one snap away from an injury that would put him in the game all the time. Both Gurley and Marshall bring speed to the backfield while Malcome brings power. He’s just as good in short yardage situations as Gurley and should be given the chance.

Hang in there, Ken! There’s plenty of playing time for you yet! Keep your bond with Gurley and Marshall. Hang together, the DAWGS need all of you!!

Mr. Brooks

December 13th, 2012
9:15 pm

Malcome has always been destined to play fullback at UGA.

Terrible Truth

December 13th, 2012
9:16 pm

I guess a free college education just isn’t enough.

Ed

December 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

Gurley is fantastic, but Marshall deserves more carries. He is just as good, and actually averages more yards per carry.

I guess the coaches think he is more of a liability when it comes to ball security.

Anyway, I admire Malcome’s stance. I would be frustrated too, but the kid is doing the work and ready to contribute to the team however he can. That’s not just a solid football player, that’s a man.

Ron Roberts

December 13th, 2012
9:26 pm

Word I’d always heard on him was that he was a malcontent for so long that he sort of soured coaches on him. So they didn’t count on him much this season.

That being said, if it’s true, everyone deserves second chances, and I loved the burst we saw out of him when he’d get to carry the rock. He might’ve been a difference-maker for us vs. SC earlier in that game; but we’ll never know.

I wish him the best, but I think he’ll explore transfer options.

NC Dawgfan

December 13th, 2012
9:27 pm

He is really going to be upset when Kamara shows up!!!!

Blake

December 13th, 2012
9:29 pm

Frodo, you just lost whatever creditability you had with that statement. Glad you’re not evaluating talent for this team. Please go back to the shire.

Rick James

December 13th, 2012
9:34 pm

Kudos to Mark Richt.You have to play the best players.I cringe when I think about Knowshon Marino being red shirted as freshman when his team mates were raving about him being the best running back on the team.If you walk again Ken dont come back.

Boss

December 13th, 2012
9:34 pm

How do the rb’s do vs. ranked teams, good rush defenses?

Malcome got 9 ypc vs. South Carolina in 2012, 7.4 ypc vs. LSU in 2011. That;s BIG TIME BALLIN.

Marshall? 3 ypc vs. South Carolina, 1 ypc vs. Florida, 1.5 ypc vs. Bama. NOT Big time ballin.

therawdawg91

December 13th, 2012
9:36 pm

I agree with Frodo. I think Malcome should be second in the rotation before Marshall. Not to say he’s better than Marshall, but he is definitely a tougher runner inside. Marshall should be more of a 3rd and long type back, especially as a freshman. Malcome is one of those guys that ALWAYS falls forward. I have been wondering all year why Malcome wasn’t getting more meaningful carries. Of course, from my perspective, I don’t know anything about attitudes, practice habits, etc. I hope he gets more opportunities though.

Boss

December 13th, 2012
9:36 pm

How do the rb’s do vs. ranked teams, good rush defenses?

Malcome got 9 ypc vs. South Carolina in 2012, 7.4 ypc vs. LSU in 2011. That;s BIG TIME BALLIN.

Marshall? 3 ypc vs. South Carolina, 1 ypc vs. Florida, 1.5 ypc vs. Bama. NOT Big time ballin.

In other words, Marshall ONLY runs good vs. HORRIBLE TEAMS, where Malcome is a BIG TIME BALLER vs. BIG TIME DEFENSES.

Not even close.

UGA coaches missed out on that one.

collegeballfan

December 13th, 2012
9:36 pm

He should have stayed gone when he left before. Returning was a mistake.

Just Wanna Say

December 13th, 2012
9:36 pm

@Ed

Did you read the article and statistics at all?

Boss

December 13th, 2012
9:41 pm

Marshall’s BIG TIME rush games were against LOUSY rush defenses like GT, Fal Atl, Tenn, Auburn…

NOBODY IMPRESSED W DAT.

NCDawg

December 13th, 2012
9:42 pm

Ken… practice hard and be patient. When you get your chance (and you will) just give it everything you’ve got. This is big boy football and playing time is based on results. Everybody who doesn’t start has the same problem. Just make them play you more by producing.

Jim

December 13th, 2012
9:43 pm

Well old Bobo said he wanted to go with one back vs ALabama. This did not give Marshall a chance to possibly break one the distance because he was so stubborn. This has the smell of another Samuel situation. When we get into two tight ends motion the wing back stop behind the tackle and lead the FB up behind the WB and step back six yards to Gurley to try to get a third and one….and do not make it….it is not the players…. Alabama spread the receivers had their back in the backfield move the defense away from the stacked position and just handed off the ball to the back as he ran by the qb…well he scored the two point extra points from three yards. There was no reason n the alabama game not to give Marshall a chance or malcomb a chance to bust for a first down or for an even longer distance. We have so many receivers in and out of the lineup they are always ready to succeed. Now we are tending to go to a one back situation and have basically some great backs sitting on the bench again because of bobo’s stubbornness. Would you not have liked for Marshall to have a chance to break on the distance….Well you may be right Bobo would have probably run him up the middle for a short yard situation….. I wonder what the Henry’s and other great backs of this years hs teams are thinking about the situation at UGA. Poor choice not to use Marshall and Malcomb in the UA game.

Texas Dawg

December 13th, 2012
9:44 pm

I’m sorry, if you want playing time, then beat out your opponents. Whining about it to the media makes you look petty and weak. Be a team player or transfer–and for the record I would kill to have played in 10 games this year and have positive stats!

Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Man

December 13th, 2012
9:45 pm

Just hang with it, Boo. It’ll all work out.

Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Man

December 13th, 2012
9:48 pm

Boo, a couple of years ago at Tech, Tashard Choice started the season at #6 on the depth chart.

GTBob

December 13th, 2012
9:49 pm

Two new blogs in one night?! Woo hoo! I am in heaven!

Jim

December 13th, 2012
9:51 pm

Boss, did not Gurley play in those games too? We will never know if Marshall can run vs an Alabama because of the stubbornness of Bobo. That kind of philosophy will ruin GA in the future with Good Running backs. What happened to the Henry kid that was committed to GA…He committed with Ala who has three of the top five rb recruits plus are in the mix for the kid from Norcross too. We now have one back due to the attitude of Bobo.

Jim

December 13th, 2012
9:56 pm

It is not about playing time or starting. It is about a philosophy that is mixed…How many different receivers get on the field? and how many running backs got on the field vs AL. How many times did anyone except Gurley get to run the ball…This is opposite of what GA did early in the year. This thing about Marshall getting his yards vs lesser teams does not hunt.. GURLEY RAN THE BALL IN THOSE GAMES also…….As the defense knows GA will not run the FB except once in a month they do not have to worry too much about the FB so they key on the RB…

Elbert Dawg

December 13th, 2012
9:56 pm

I understand and admire his point of view. If he doesn’t want to play, he shouldn’t be there. This shows he does want to play, and be productive for the team. We seem to have had several in recent years that had quite a bit of talent that either didn’t want to play, or were playing for themselves. I want all the DAWGS to have an “I WANT TO PLAY AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE TEAM” attitude. Some of them simply aren’t talented enough, but a strong desire can only help the team!

R B

December 13th, 2012
10:00 pm

Time to transfer. Also a signing class of 33 plus will also have a few more transfer out. Not enough room for all. Most of dream team has already failed out, so there is a few spots available.

MaconDawg

December 13th, 2012
10:00 pm

I admire a man or young man in this case who believes in himself and his talents and is willing to speak up. With that said, you don’t gain any favor with your boss or in this case, the coaching staff, by going public with it and putting it out there in the media. That creates dissention and divisiveness. Should he be man enough to visit with the coaches about it? Sure he should. Then you go out and prove yourself in practice each and every day and keep your mouth shut around other teammates and especially the media. I may be wrong in this but I think Brian McClendon, his position coach, decides more who gets in the game once the game is ongoing. The O.C. (Bobo) and Richt establish the game plan but McClendon has a lot to say about the rotation and who goes in once the game gets started. I do believe Boo has a lot of talent and should be playing more with the first and second team linemen, especially in short yardage situations.

SC Dawg

December 13th, 2012
10:02 pm

Richard Samuels should be the only one complaining about not getting the ball

MJ

December 13th, 2012
10:03 pm

DGD to me. Hope he doesn’t transfer. If he could put on a bit more muscle, he could end up being a good FB for the rest of his time at UGA.

Joe

December 13th, 2012
10:10 pm

Hit the bricks, Ken. We don’t need a poor attitude in the clubhouse. You are not an NFL calibre running back. It’s better you know that now so that you can get a free college education. Good luck to you and I hope that you learn your place.

superDawg

December 13th, 2012
10:18 pm

To all tekies your attempt to belittle the GEORGIA BULLDAWGS is all in vain.We all know tek ain’t sheet!NUFF SAID.

chicken boy

December 13th, 2012
10:25 pm

here is my advice to M——————-run over people and score and they will give you the ball—-if you do not do that—you are just another running back———score touchdowns when you touch the ball and everything will fall into place for you———–watch out what you wish for —you may get it—

Paul in NH

December 13th, 2012
10:27 pm

Malcome is in the unfortunate position of being behind 2 younger, more productive RB’s. The clock is ticking on his NCAA eligibility and I am sure he wants to get on the field. He either has to hope for an injury to his friends who are in front of him on the depth chart or transfer to a school where he will see playing time.

HANG IN THERE KEN M!

December 13th, 2012
10:35 pm

DON’T THROW IN THE TOWEL. YOU’VE GOT TOO MUCH TALENT AND YOU’RE, IMO, THE TOUGHEST RUNNER IN THE BUNCH. YOUR SNAPS WILL COME IN 2013.

sandiegodawg

December 13th, 2012
10:39 pm

Ken Malcome, 2 Words: Terrel Davis. Stick it out. You are looking solid to me. You’ll be fresh for the NFL like Davis was. You are the best blocking back we have and they should be using you more so you do have a legitimate beef. But keep your head up – your time will come. (Above all, Seek God)

Jarvis Jones gives Muschamp nightmares

December 13th, 2012
10:41 pm

The problem for Malcome is that he and Todd are similar types of backs in that they run mainly for power (Gurley obviously being better and a lot faster). Coaches typically like to rotate running backs that have contrasting styles, with Marshall being a homerun threat. Malcome could be getting less playing time for that reason or because he got in the coaches’ doghouse. He was suspended for one game last season if anyone forgot.

Fair n Balanced

December 13th, 2012
10:47 pm

Running back drama season begins. Thanks AJC for stirring the pot. Football season is over so now put your guys out on the town waiting for news stories from Ga players in offseason. Do your best to blow it out of proportion now! Get some juicy tidbits for GTBob.

Lakedawg

December 13th, 2012
10:48 pm

Hope Malcome hangs in there and continues to work hard, his time will come. He is a couple steps sslower than G and M but still a reliable back.

Jim—-Son you know not of what you speak as Gurley clearly the best shot against Bama, as i am sure you are aware Marshall was nicked up and not full speed.

Glory Between the Hedges

December 13th, 2012
10:53 pm

I would actually wear teams down with gurley and malcome. Then bring marshall into the equation in the second half. Boo runs hard and is a physical runner like gurley, he deserves atleast a few more carries with the first team.

dave

December 13th, 2012
11:20 pm

quit whining and transfer

dawg52

December 13th, 2012
11:26 pm

hang in there Ken….next yr we’re gonna need your seniority, and durability….your time’s comin my man…..not gonna b able to rely on qb so much ….you can BE the man……just earn it

HSFB Follower

December 13th, 2012
11:36 pm

Ken is a solid back and he wasn’t used enough this season nor was Marshall in certain games. I understand he is thinking about his clock and who would not be when you run the pill like he can. Hope he gets to run it for the Dawgs more as he is a very solid SEC-caliber running back

flo-ri-duh

December 13th, 2012
11:44 pm

Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett are NFL talent and were really missed in the Bama game. If they had been available there is no way Bama could have defended the 4 wide out formation. UGA has no backups with the talent to replace Marlon and Tavarres in 2013. Expect more run and less pass in 2013 – especially if Murray turns pro. Malcolme will get his chance to play more in 2013 if the defense can stop the run and I think they will be O.K. there IF they get Adams. Taylor is young but very talented at NT. Bama petty much used two backs this year also.

Jarvis Jones gives Muschamp nightmares

December 13th, 2012
11:50 pm

I understand Malcome wants to play more, but when Gurley is so good himself, why take him out of the game to put another power back in? I wish they used Boo more myself instead of Marshall and especially because he is the best of the three in pass protection. But I guess they see it as a step back to put another power back in if Gurley is still fresh.