DECATUR - The way Southwest Dekalb assistant football coach Damien Wimes sees it, running back Kendrun Malcome is just now starting to reach his potential on the football field.
He's already made significant strides.
"The progress he's made since his ninth grade year is like night and day," Wimes said. "Ken was a baseball player 9th and 10th grade and we convinced him to run track this year and he ran 10.8 in the 100 meters. He's just now taking weight seriously. His ninth-grade year he was bench pressing 225 pounds, now he's benching probably 325 pounds. He's still only to about 50 percent of his potential and we're hoping to get the rest of it out from him this year."
That's a scary proposition for opponents of the Panthers, who figure to be one of the top teams in Class AAAAA again this fall.
At 6-foot and 215 pounds, Malcome has the size to simply bowl over would-be tacklers. But Wimes said opponents shouldn't take his speed for granted.
"Ken is fast. He's got great speed, although a lot of people wouldn't know it when seeing someone his size," Wimes said. "He's got breakaway speed, great quickness and great balance and this is going to be the year I feel he really puts it all together because he's going to be better from a durability standpoint because he's worked hard this off-season."
Wimes added that Malcome should fit in extremely well into Georgia's pro-style offense.
"His best runs came from our spread set but he's a great I-formation runner and he's a pretty good Wing-T runner," Wimes said. "But his spread sets are very good because of his vision. His vision comes from just an innate ability to avoid tacklers. He can run you over but what we see from him a lot is the ability to maneuver with his feet, use that quickness and really get to the pylon to score."
Although he admits he's partial, Wimes said the Bulldogs are getting a special player.
With his size, Wimes said Malcome reminds him of a young Terrell Davis. His determination is similar to that of Knowshon Moreno.
"This is a kid who potentially could lead them to an SEC championship," Wimes said. 'He wants to be great. He wants to be the best back that Southwest Dekalb has ever produced. We're looking for him to do great things."
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