April 28, 2010

Malcome's shoulder a concern?

Kendrun Malcome said he's already been given a key piece of advice by running backs coach Bryan McClendon - be ready to compete.

"He's told me to be ready to get to work, and be ready to work on my blocking, because that's something I didn't have to do in high school," Malcome said Wednesday in an interview with UGASports. "He said just be ready to come in and learn the plays. We've got Caleb (King) and Washaun (Ealey), but we're going to need at least three running backs, so I'm going to be ready."

There are some slight concerns.

According to Malcome, the right shoulder injury he suffered last November is still a little sore, although he expects to be fully recovered by the time the players begin summer workouts in June.

"It's all right," said Malcome, who later suffered a broken collarbone in Southwest DeKalb's second round playoff game against Clarke Central. "It's not fully recovered because I can still feel some pain, but it's coming along."

Otherwise, Malcome said he'll be reporting to school in excellent shape.

Besides working out daily at a local gym, he's also running some track for Southwest DeKalb.

"I'm at 214 pounds right now," Malcome said. "I was like 215 last week, so I've been able to keep it pretty steady."

As long as he can stay healthy, don't count out Malcome from making some sort of impact his freshman year.

Although King and Ealey will headline Georgia's running attack, Malcome will be thrown into the mix to for the No. 3 spot, along with Carlton Thomas and Dontavius Jackson/db].

How well Malcome can pick up his blocks will ultimately determine his opportunity.

"It's not going to be an issue. The biggest thing I've got to learn is what to do when they chop block," Malcome said. "You can't do that in high school, but I talked to Coach (McClendon) and hopefully in two weeks I'll be all right."

When he's got the ball in his hand, the powerful runner knows how to pick up yards.

As a Malcome rushed for 1,168 yards and 16 touchdowns, an average of 129.8 yards per contest after running for 954 despite missing four games with a sprained knee.

Malcome, who will wear No. 24 now that Ealey has switched to No. 3, plans on rooming with [db]T.J. Stripling, Garrison Smith and Mike Thornton.

"It's a cool group," Malcome laughed. "We're ready to get it going."

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