Ken Malcome confident in the running game
The Georgia Bulldogs lost arguably the best playmaker on the offensive side of the ball in Isaiah Crowell, who was arrested on weapon charges during the offseason. While many would now question the lack of depth at the running back position, projected starter, sophomore Ken Malcome, says that his team is just fine.
“I think this year people will see Georgia get back to the running game,” Malcome said. “A lot of people say we fell off a little bit even though we lost Isaiah, but we’re full strength now.” (Via Marc Weiszer of dogbytesonline.com)
Malcome has rushed for 174 yards in his career, and will lead a ground attack that features 5-star recruit Keith Marshall along with Richard Samuel and Todd Gurley.
Malcolm Mitchell looking good at cornerback
Malcolm Mitchell emerged as a playmaker at the receiver position last season as a freshman, but with suspensions on the defensive side of the ball, he will be used in the secondary early on. Georgia safety Shawn Williams has compared him to first-round draft pick Morris Claiborne and says he has a bright future on this side of the ball.
Because he's big, he's physical, he has those long arms, and he's really fast. You can't run by him. Williams said. And he's gonna be sitting there at the line and pressuring you all day. So he's a real good corner. (Via Seth Emerson of The Ledger Enquirer)
There are even talks of him playing both sides of the ball this year.
Georgia lost both its starting punter and kicker during the offseason, which means that special teams is something the coaching staff has to pay attention to this fall. As of right now, it looks like Collin Barber has secured the punting position.
I thought Collin had some balls with some outstanding hang time. Richt said. I think he understands that part of it. I think it’s kind of a natural for him. He gets the ball up good. I think his operation time was pretty good (Via Seth Emerson of Macon.com).
Meanwhile, the kicking position could still use some work, as Marshall Morgan and Jamie Lindley continue to battle it out.
“I thought that our extra point/field goals were not what they need to be yet,” Richt said.