Ken Malcome

Ex-UGA RB Ken Malcome to drop down to FCS level

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A handful of days after officially leaving Georgia, Ken Malcome has all but officially landed at a new school to continue his collegiate playing career.

The running back confirmed to both the Athens Banner-Herald‘s Marc Weiszer and ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad that he has decided to transfer to Southern Illinois.  As the Salukis are an FCS program, Malcome will be eligible to compete immediately.  He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.

“It’s a ways away, but I felt comfortable with the coaches and players,” Malcome told the Banner-Herald. “It’s not too far off. It’s just right. I’m going to make what I got and make the best of it. I like it.”

The paper writes that Malcome is awaiting final NCAA approval before the move becomes official.

Malcome, a four-star member of UGA’s 2010 recruiting class, started the first game of the 2012 season, but quickly tumbled down the depth chart behind the freshman duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.  He finished his Bulldogs career with 446 yards and two touchdowns.

Ken Malcome announces he will transfer from Georgia

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For realzies this time.

Georgia running back Ken Malcome thought briefly about transferring from the program in 2011, but changed his mind a day later. Now, though, it’s permanent. In a release, the redshirt sophomore announced he will leave the Bulldogs in pursuit of more playing time.

Where Malcome will end up isn’t clear yet. Unless he receives a waiver from the NCAA or transfers down a level, he will be required to sit out a season.

“I have made this decision because I think I can get more playing time some place else,” Malcome said. “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.”

Malcome has been buried in Georgia’s running back depth chart the past two seasons. With the emergence of “Gurshall” — the freshman duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall — Malcome was unlikely to see a significant amount of playing time.

“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,” Richt said in a statement. “We wish him nothing but the best.”

Malcome finished the 2012-13 season as the team’s third-leading rusher and finishes with 446 yards and two touchdowns for this career.