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January 16, 2013
In what was really not much of a surprise, sophomore running back Ken Malcome told Georgia coaches that he intends to transfer to another school.
UGA announced Malcome's decision in an email to beat writers Wednesday.
"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."
He finishes his Bulldog career with 446 yards and two touchdowns.
"We are very appreciative of Ken's contributions to our program and will certainly assist him any way we can in finding a school to continue his career," head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. "We wish him nothing but the best."
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 on Jan. 25.