ATHENS, Ga. — Sophomore Ken Malcome will likely be the starting tailback for No. 6 Georgia in the opener against Buffalo.
Coach Mark Richt made the announcement after a closed scrimmage Wednesday, though he still left himself room to change his mind between now and the Sept. 1 game.
“I’m pretty sure that Ken Malcome is going to start, but something could change between now and then,” Richt said.
Richt was vague about the pecking order behind Malcome, saying he wants everyone to keep fighting for a spot right up until the Bulldogs take the field. Senior Richard Samuel and freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley are contending for playing time.
Georgia held a dress rehearsal for its season-opener in Sanford Stadium, which the Bulldogs won 49-48.
It was close only because the “Buffalo” squad was spotted a 35-0 halftime lead.
Quarterback Aaron Murray completed 20 of 25 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
Gurley, the top rusher in each of the three scrimmages, rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
GEORGIA TECH: The triple-option offense gets most of the attention.
The Yellow Jackets know their title hopes will likely depend on what they do on the other side of the line.
While the Atlantic Coast Conference school has piled up big rushing totals during Paul Johnson’s tenure as head coach, the defense has yet to establish itself as a championship-level unit. Last season, the Yellow Jackets gave up nearly 360 yards per game, ranking 44th nationally, and they were even worst in points allowed, 60th with a 26.1 average.
“We want to make it as easy as we can for our offense,” junior safety Isaiah Johnson said. “We don’t want to put a lot of pressure on them. We’ve just got to do our part. We’ve got to step up.”
PENN STATE: Ousted university president Graham Spanier and his lawyers attacked the university-backed report on the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, calling it a “blundering and indefensible indictment” as they fired a pre-emptive strike while waiting to hear if he’ll be charged in the case.
Lawyer Timothy Lewis called Louis Freeh, the former FBI director and federal judge behind the report, a “biased investigator” who piled speculation on top of innuendo to accuse Spanier in a cover-up of early abuse complaints.
“The Freeh report, as it pertains to Dr. Spanier, is a myth. And that myth ... ends today,” Lewis said.
OREGON: The Oregon Ducks are at it again.
The No. 5 Ducks, already known for an array of flashy Nike-designed uniforms, added to the collection on Wednesday with a “fully integrated uniform system,” according to the Beaverton-based shoemaker.
The most noticeable feature of the new uniforms is a pronounced wing design on the shoulders — a nod to Oregon’s duck mascot — and large numbers. But what sets the uniforms apart, according to Nike, is use of a new mesh material which the company touts as lightweight and breathable.
The new jerseys will come in green, yellow, black and white. The Ducks are also expected to incorporate the so-called liquid metal helmets that the team debuted at the Rose Bowl earlier this year.