Georgia announced today that sophomore TB Ken Malcome has decided to transfer.
"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."
Coach Richt was quoted in the release appreciating the Decatur native's contributions, which included 446 rushing yards and two touchdowns over two seasons, and wishing him the best.
Malcome's departure leaves the Bulldogs thinner at TB, where talented rising sophomores Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall return, but only those two as recruited rushers with senior Richard Samuel IV graduating. Walk-ons Brandon Harton (senior) and Kyle Karempelis (junior) should also be on the roster. Georgia is also still going hard after Norcross recruit Alvin Kamara, and has Orlando product AJ Turman already committed at RB in the upcoming signing class.
As for Malcome's future, having already redshirted it seems the most likely scenario would be for the bruising runner to take a step down to Division 1-AA so that he can play immediately without having to waste a season of eligibility. NCAA rules require transfers between FBS schools to sit a year, unless outside circumstances such as a family illness can create an exception. While a transfer between SEC schools, according to SEC regulations, require the player to not receive grant-in-aid (aka a scholarship) for two years.
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