Ken “Boo” Malcome will likely be Georgia’s first tailback onto the field when Buffalo visits Athens next weekend. According to Mark Richt, he’s “pretty sure” Malcome will get the start, but he also told reporters yesterday that “something could change between now and then.”
After briefly considering a transfer last September, Malcome worked his way into the #1 tailback slot for UGA’s spring game in April. He’d come to split time with the mercurial Isaiah Crowell by 2011′s end, so it’s no surprise that he’ll be the likely starter to open 2012. Especially since Crowell was booted from Richt’s squad in June.
How long Malcome remains the starter remains a question. For that matter, if the Dawgs rotate their tailbacks, starting might not mean much anyway.
Currently Malcome is competing with senior Richard Samuel as well as freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Marshall was the top tailback signee in February, but Gurley has led Georgia in rushing in its three fall scrimmages.
Malcome — a redshirt sophomore — says he won’t let Richt’s hint about starting slow him down. According to The Athens Banner-Herald:
“It’s a relief. I came from the bottom, and it’s just hard work. It tells people hard work matters, it gets you where you want to go. I’m not gonna take it for granted. Because he said that, I’m not gonna let up. It’s still gonna be all me on the field, telling the freshmen what to do.
I’m gonna be a leader. I feel like I’ve been a leader the last couple weeks.”
Richt refuses to provide a definitive depth chart for his tailbacks saying that he doesn’t “even want the guys to know” so they will “keep fighting, keep competing.” The coach said, “We’ll tell them the night before the game maybe.”
So there you have it. Malcome will start. Maybe. How much he’ll play and who’ll be in line behind him if he does get the start won’t be known until the Dawgs step on the field for their opener.
Clear as mud.