The Georgia Bulldogs are very close to naming a starting running back for their season opener against the Buffalo Bulls, and after the team's third scrimmage, head coach Mark Richt said that he is "pretty sure" that it will be sophomore Ken Malcome:
"I'm pretty sure Ken Malcome is going to start," he said. "But something could change between now and then."
"I don't know for sure," he said. "I even haven't talked to the staff yet about how we're gonna do it. Even when we do that I doubt I'll announce the thing because I don't even want them to know. I want them to keep fighting and competing. We'll tell them the night before the game maybe."
This is something of a surprise, because freshman Todd Gurley been the Bulldogs' leading rusher through three scrimmages, totaling 199 yards on nine carries with four touchdowns. Malcome has 117 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.
For his part, Malcome isn't going to get too far ahead of himself after Richt's statement that he currently sits atop the depth chart:
"I mean, it's not that I don't care," he said. "That's what I was already thinking anyway. But I'm gonna keep pushing. I'm not going to let that one little statement go to my head."
Even though Richt is leaning toward naming Malcome the stater, he said that an announcement will not be made until the night before their season opener on Sept. 1, 2012.
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