This story should not come as a surprise to too many people as Ken Malcome has tussled with the idea of transferring once before, but this time his decision is sure to stick.
In mid-December, there was some chatter about Malcome’s continuing unrest in Georgia’s backfield; It was clear then that he wasn’t happy with the division of playing time amongst the running backs, and was searching for a solution; obviously he didn’t find one and finally decided his best option was to leave and start fresh someplace else.
“I have made this decision because I think I can get more playing time some place else,” Malcome said in a statement. “I have enjoyed my time at Georgia and appreciate the opportunity that Coach (Mark) Richt and the other coaches have given me here. I look forward to my next challenge.” (Anthony Dasher, ugasports)
With Richard Samuel graduating, Georgia’s depth at running back will take a small hit, but not nearly as significant as the one it was dealt in 2010 when the departures of both Caleb King (academically ineligible) and Washaun Ealey (transfer) left Georgia with only true freshman sensation Isaiah Crowell, walk-on Brandon Harton, and Carlton Thomas as legitimate options for the starting job—none of whom had significant experience in SEC play.
That said, Malcome takes his SEC and game experience with him, but likely would have faced a similar situation on the depth chart in 2013 sitting behind both Gurley and Marshall; and with the addition of players like A.J. Turman and Tramel Terry, Malcome’s position on the depth chart was likely to be challenged further come spring.
The one question this will certainly bring to mind is how this decision possibly effects the thinking of former Norcross Blue Devil’s star Alvin Kamara; Kamara will choose between Alabama and Georgia on signing day and, despite his admission that depth charts and early playing time won’t play a role in his decision, you have to think that Malcome’s departure will at least force him to look a little harder and longer at the Bulldogs when he visits towards the end of January.
We’ll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out.
In the meantime, good luck to Malcome; I wish him well.