Malcome Poised to Start in Outback

TAMPA – Ken Malcome will likely make the second start of his career in the Outback Bowl.

"I think Ken Malcome probably will start at tailback," coach Mark Richt said at a press conference on Sunday. "We feel like he's earned the right to start in this game."

Richt went on to say that the he felt very good about his running backs at the moment. The Bulldogs were limited at that spot because of injuries at the end of the season. Richt said he expects all of his tailbacks to be healthy.

"I feel about as good about our running backs as I have in a while," Richt said.

He noted that Isaiah Crowell and Richard Samuel, who both dealt with injuries during the later stages of the season, will be healthy for the game. Richt did not say who would get the bulk of snaps for the contest.

Crowell is the Bulldogs' leading rusher for the season. Samuel has not played since getting injured on the last play of Georgia's 24-20 win over Florida in October. Malcome has only carried the ball 30 times this season for 123 yards. He left the program for a brief time in September.


Richt said he had not yet signed his contract extension… "But we've all made clear that we love each other," he said with a laugh. Richt's previous contract extensions have been signed in closer to springtime.

Dallas Lee might play on Monday, but likely only as a result of an injury… "Dallas Lee could play, but he's not what he was before the injury. He's not in harms way by practicing, but he's not moving quite as well. I don't know if he will get into a rotation or not. If we get an injury he will be the first one in," Richt said.

Richt reiterated that defensive end DeAngelo Tyson won't play in the game and that linebacker Mike Gillard is unlikely to play… "DeAngelo Tyson won't play. I wouldn't rule Mike Gillard out, but he probably won't play," he said.

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