Malcolm Jones to Transfer

The junior running back, Malcolm Jones, who had been relegated to fourth-string tailback, has decided to transfer...

Tailback Malcolm Jones has decided to transfer, according to sources.

Jones, the 6-0, 227-pound junior, had been relegated to fourth-string tailback when the depth chart for UCLA's season opener came out last week.

Jones came to UCLA from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, with much fanfare, being the National Gatorade High School Player of the Year, and ranked the #3 running back nationally.

He could never crack into the top two tailbacks, always being behind Johnathan Franklin and departed big back, Derrick Coleman, in his first two seasons.

Jones came into this fall in very good shape, having slimmed down and improved his quickness. Sources had told us he expected to be used as the #2 back behind Franklin this season, and then was disappointed when that didn't materialize. He had three carries for 10 yards last week against Rice in mop-up duty.

Since Jones is leaving so early in the season and has a redshirt year available, he'll be able to sit out at his new program and then have the majority of his redshirt junior year and senior year to play.

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