January 21, 2013

Malcome finds a new home

Five days after announcing he would transfer from Georgia, running back Ken Malcome has found a new college home.

The former Southwest DeKalb standout confirmed to UGASports Monday night that he will be attending FCS member Illinois State.

"It's got a comfortable atmosphere and they've got a tradition of good backs," Malcome said in a text to UGASports. He'll be able to play immediately.

The Salukis of head coach Dale Lennon finished 6-5 last fall and currently have two of its alumni playing running back in the NFL - Brandon Jacobs (San Francisco Giants) and Deji Karim (Indianapolis Colts).

Malcome announced his intention to transfer from Georgia last week after finishing his Bulldog career with 446 yards and two touchdowns.

News of Malcome's transfer comes as no shock.

When the season began, Malcome was pegged as the Bulldogs' starting running back. But after breaking his hand in the season-opener against Buffalo, it set the stage for Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to establish themselves as two of the more exciting freshman ball carriers in the entire SEC.

"Since I've been here, a lot of things have gone kind of crazy for me. I broke my hand the second quarter of the first game, and with a broken hand I could not do so much as far as hold the ball," Malcome said in December. "After that, that's when Todd and Keith emerged. That became a problem as far as me playing, but like I tell everybody - my whole thing - the last three seasons was to be good with my opportunities. I didn't have a lot but the ones I did, I think I did OK."

Statistically, Malcome is correct.

Although he carried the football just 57 times, he gained a respectable 274 yards and scored two touchdowns. He did not play in Georgia's Capital One Bowl victory over Nebraska.

"If I had more opportunities I would have had more carries, more yards and it might have made for some tougher decisions," Malcome said. "But that's not what happened."

Malcome's departure also puts the onus on Bulldog coaches to include at least two more running backs in this year's signing class.

Currently, Gurley, Marshall and former walk-on Brandon Harton are the only running backs currently on scholarship.

The Bulldogs have a verbal commitment from Orlando's A.J. Turman and along with Alabama is focusing on Norcross High standout Alvin Kamara, who is scheduled to make an official visit to Georgia this weekend.