Georgia's tailback battle unsettled

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ATHENS, Ga. — Isaiah Crowell made strides this spring, but so did Ken Malcome.

Isaiah Crowell (front) runs during the first half of the G-Day game. Crowell had 39 yards on 10 carries as he battles Ken Malcome for the starting tailback job.  AJ REYNOLDS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
AJ REYNOLDS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Isaiah Crowell (front) runs during the first half of the G-Day game. Crowell had 39 yards on 10 carries as he battles Ken Malcome for the starting tailback job.

The sophomores exit spring practices neck and neck for the starting tailback job.

“We’ve just got competition at that position,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “I think that’s going to make them better, make our offense better. We’ve got depth. It’s hard to have just one back in this league. You’ve got to have two or three and I think we’re working our way to that.”

Malcome got the nod as starter on the Red team in Saturday’s 32-31 G-Day win over the Black team. He rushed for 32 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

“Today showed what kind of back I am and what I’m trying to prove,” Malcome said.

Crowell ran for 39 yards on 10 carries.

STILL UP FOR GRABS: Christian LeMay had his best scrimmage of the spring, completing 7 of 10 passes for 154 yards with a touchdown and interception, but he hasn’t won the backup job in Georgia’s complicated situation behind Aaron Murray.

“Right now there isn’t any decision about who’s going to be the backup,” Bobo said. “LeMay’s come a million miles from last year. … He shows flashes, but we’ve got to become more consistent.”

Hutson Mason is headed for a redshirt season if Murray remains healthy.

Walk-on Parker Welch was 5 of 11 for 48 yards with an interception..

MYSTERY MAN: Who was that No. 19 toting the ball for the Black team Saturday?

Turns out it was senior Richard Samuel, who played for the Red team wearing his regular jersey No. 22.

“They didn’t bring my jersey down so I had to borrow whatever number they had,” Samuel said.

The new number suited him well on a day he led all rushers with 43 yards on eight carries, including a two-yard touchdown run.

“I enjoyed it,” Samuel said. “That’s the kind of type of runner I wanted to show. That with all these backs out here, I could still run hard, I could still do the job.”


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