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Blog: Malcome not at practice, but McClendon still sees tailback’s potential

Georgia reserve running back Ken Malcome didn’t travel to Ole Miss and wasn’t at practice Tuesday.

That has some dissecting the redshirt freshman’s Twitter feed and wondering about his future with the program.

“He had some illness that we sort of sent him home,” running backs coach Bryan McClendon said. “He went and got looked at this morning. …He got sent home just so he could get better.”

Malcome was bothered by a groin injury and sustained a concussion last season and is buried on the depth chart.

The Southwest DeKalb product’s only carry this year went for no gain against Coastal Carolina.

“The biggest thing for Ken is he needs to come out there and be able to practice so that he can keep progressing,” McClendon said. “That’s obviously something that’s held him back last season, this season, this past spring, this past summer.”

McClendon said he thinks Malcome has “a bunch of of talent,” and has potential to become a good player if he could stay on the practice field.

With Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Richard Samuel way ahead in the Bulldogs’ pecking order, McClendon said “anybody after those first three can be thrown in there.”

Georgia also has former walk-on Brandon Harton.

‚ÄúEvery time I‚Äôve talked to him he‚Äôs been happy here,‚Äù McClendon said of Malcome. “This is the place that he wanted to come and this is the place where he wants to be. He needs to get practice under him and he‚Äôll be good to go.‚Äù

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