Kevin C. Cox
Georgia Bulldogs running back Ken Malcome is not happy with the fact he has slipped down the depth chart this season. How has Malcome performed this season?
Georgia Bulldogs running back Ken Malcome was at the top of the depth chart for the team at the start of the season. Entering the Capital One Bowl, he's behind running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall and he is unhappy, yet he understands the nature of the game:
"I'm not too happy with that situation. But like I said to the coaches, I'm a player and I'm going to do what they tell me to. I've got two more years of football, then I don't know. We're going to see what happens. . . . I'm not sure at all what I'm going to do."
So far this season, Malcome has run for 274 yards on 57 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. He has also scored a pair of touchdowns. Gurley empathizes with Malcome and said that the group has treated him well:
"He's been through a lot. As far as us being his teammates, we check on him and just treat on him like we would one of our family members. We're together. . . . The whole (running backs) meeting room, guys have been saying it's been the best all year."
Regardless of all of this, Malcome is not looking for starting time, he just wants to be utilized better in the backfield:
"I don't have to start. I don't mind sharing carries. I just want to contribute to winning like I know I can. Coming in in the last minute when nobody really cares with all freshman linemen that haven't developed yet, they're putting me in situations where I can't really help myself."
Malcome believes that he does have more to offer than what he has shown this season. With two years of eligibility left he still has a few options. The 2013 Capital One Bowl will take place on New Year's Day from the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ABC.