Georgia finished the 2012 season with the SEC's fourth-best rushing attack (182.57 YPG), thanks to freshmen sensations Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Gurley led all SEC running backs with 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns, while Marshall added 759 yards and eight touchdowns.
But behind them, sophomore Ken Malcome provided quality depth, tallying 57 carries for 272 yards and two touchdowns—a respectable 4.77 yards per carry.
But playing behind Gurley and Marshall for two more seasons wasn't part of Malcome's plan, and the rising junior elected to transfer from the Georgia football program, according to a release from the university.
“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.”
On the surface, Malcome's departure isn't a major issue for the Bulldogs. But it does chip away at the Bulldogs' depth at running back. The 6'0", 224-pounder from Decatur, Ga., has the build to take the punishment between the tackles, but has the speed and quickness to be dangerous in space.
It may also open the door for Georgia to make itself more attractive to a few key prospects in the class of 2013.
Georgia is squarely in the mix for Alvin Kamara, a 5'10", 195-pound running back from Norcross, Ga., who's rated as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports.com.
The Bulldogs are fighting against the Alabama Crimson Tide for Kamara's services. Even in spite of Eddie Lacy's departure, the Crimson Tide backfield is loaded and getting bigger with the arrival of 5-star prospect Derrick Henry for January classes, and Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny also committed in the class of 2013.
Malcome's departure also could allow 4-star prospect and Georgia commit A.J. Turman to get more experience early in his career, even if he is redshirted by the coaching staff. Turman is a 6'0", 208-pound speedster who boasts 4.4 speed, and who committed to the Bulldogs on Nov. 13.
You can't fault Malcome for his decision. He's talented enough to start somewhere, and getting those reps is important if he wants to continue his career at the next level.