Former Georgia Bulldog running back Ken Malcome has found a new place to try his luck, Southern Illinois.
Malcome decided to transfer at the end of the season due to a lack of playing time. He is expected to play immediately for the Salukis who finished last season 6-5 and ranked near the bottom of the Missouri Valley Conference in rush offense (89th).
The former Southwest DeKalb standout confirmed to UGASports Monday night that he will be attending FCS member Southern Illinois.
“Yeah,” said Malcome via text, when asked if SIU was his new school. “It’s got a comfortable atmosphere and they’ve got a tradition of good backs.”
Malcome’s former coach at Southwest Dekalb, Damien Wimes, confirmed Malcome’s choice earlier in the evening. Malcome will be able to play immediately. (Anthony Dasher, UGASports.com)
The depth chart at Southern Illinois will certainly work in Malcomes favor (their leading rusher graduated at the end of the season and their second leading rusher accumulated 536 yards on 130 carries; you would imagine that a healthy Malcome could easily match, or even exceed, that production for the Salukis playing against lesser opposition in the Missouri Valley.
Recent examples of successful Georgia running back transfers include both Washaun Ealey (transferred following the 2010 season) and Isaiah Crowell (dismissed prior to the start of 2012). Ealey eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark playing at Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley) and Crowell tallied just under a 1,000 yards in his first year at Alabama State (Southwestern Conference).
Malcome should be very motivated given the obvious opportunity he’ll have going in and I’ll certainly be pulling for him to succeed.