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Antonio Malone

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 200 | College: Toledo
 
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Overview

Malone is an athlete with untapped ability. He is a consummate team player who has proven to be an effective defender vs. the run. He has a lean, yet defined frame that can carry at least another ten pounds of bulk with no loss of his impressive speed. He plays with a reckless nature and will not hesitate to sacrifice his body in order to make the play.

Ohio's Future Stars ranked Malone as the 19th-best player in the state during his senior year at Portsmouth High School. He was named third-team All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Football Report and was a Prep Star All-American, adding All-Region honors. He recorded 64 tackles and three interceptions as a senior at cornerback and registered 65 tackles, five interceptions and 17 pass deflections as a junior. He also lettered in track (four times) and basketball (three).

As a true freshman, Malone saw action in every game as a reserve cornerback for Toledo and posted 32 tackles (23 solos). In 2003, he started the team's first ten games at strong-side cornerback, missing the final two games vs. Western Michigan and Bowling Green with a fractured clavicle. He finished with 59 tackles (40 solos) and a stop behind the line of scrimmage. Twenty-eight of those tackles came vs. the run. He also intercepted three passes and deflected six others.

He shifted to weak-side cornerback in 2004, starting twelve contests. He was still bothered by his clavicle injury and missed the Miami (Oh.) game after suffering a Grade Two concussion. Malone would register a career-high 53 tackles (32 solos) with a 12-yard sack, producing 19 tackles vs. the run. He also had a pair of interceptions and four pass breakups.

In 2005, Malone registered 38 tackles (20) with 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass defensed, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and an interception he returned 60 yards for a touchdown.

Analysis

Positives: Has a lean, angular frame with room to add at least another ten pounds of bulk … Has no problems quickly recognizing plays in front of him … Has the speed and recovery ability to shadow any receiver on deep routes … Has fluid hips and does not take any wasted steps in transition … Shows a good understanding of switching off his assignment working the deep zone … Gets an excellent jump on the ball and even when he is out of position, he is capable of making the play due to his ability to understand angle concepts to shorten the field … Has the second gear needed to recover when beaten and stays at a low pad level to quickly turn coming out of his breaks … Natural hands catcher who does a nice job of tracking the ball in flight … Very effective in run support and will knock down receivers trying to block him … Has nifty feet and very good hip snap turning on the play … Will come up to hit with no hesitation and can break down plays in front of him … His deep catch-up speed allows him to stay in control in order to shadow and trail the receiver … Keeps a close relationship on his target, making fluid body adjustments to anticipate the receiver's movements … Has the acceleration to get out on the edge and make tackles in run force … Has very good plant-and-drive agility to break on the ball.

Negatives: Needs to add strength and bulk to his frame … 2003 shoulder injury prevented him from working out properly during the 2004 offseason and he could not improve his overall strength while recovering from this injury (needs further medical evaluation) … Best when allowed to freelance and attack the ball … Better playing the man than in press coverage … The team used a shuffle-and-bail technique in the past and this negated his blazing speed, as he was forced to give up too much soft cushion … Has good leaping ability and natural hands for the interception, but needs to time his leaps better in order to reach for the ball at its high point (gets out of control and caught out of position) … Can play the deep zone, but needs to read the quarterback's arm motion better in order to get a jump on the ball … Will sometimes over-pursue, but has the quickness and change of direction agility to recover.

Malone is one of the better defenders in the Mid-American Conference. He is blessed with incredible speed and can easily shadow a receiver through deep routes. He is an aggressive tackler who works well playing inside the box. He is an explosive hitter who could be an impact-type once he fully recovers from his clavicle injury (appears to be 100 percent now) and adds needed strength in the weight room (could not lift during the 2004 offseason due to the injury). He has excellent ball reaction skills and tremendous range, making close to 40 percent of his tackles outside his assigned territory.

Malone plays with good intensity and tenacity. He is a very fluid athlete with crisp plant-and-drive agility. He shows ease of movement changing direction and takes good angles to shorten the field when making plays in front of him. With the team no longer using the shuffle-and-bail technique, his explosive closing burst was evident in preseason camps. That technique forced him to give up too much of a cushion and negates his quickness trying to turn on the ball.

Malone might lack the size and strength for press coverage, but is very active using his hands to reroute receivers and jam them at the line of scrimmage. He is best when allowed to mirror the receiver, as he has the acceleration to close the cushion and trail on deep routes. Even when he gets beat, he has the second gear needed to recover and get right back on the receiver's hip.

He is a hard worker and good program player who take well to hard coaching. He displays very good footwork and the quickness to instantly break on the ball. Malone shows fluid turn ability to accelerate and run with receivers through their patterns. He competes for the ball in a crowd and has the natural hands to pluck the ball away from the body's frame. He is best when supporting the run, staying low in his pads and reacting with no hesitation to make plays along the corners.

If he can add enough bulk, he could also be a strong candidate for free safety, as he certainly has the range and speed to be very effective handling deep zone assignments. He also seems to work best when allowed to freelance and attack the ball, rather than play off the receiver.

Even for a player of his lean frame, blockers have a hard time pushing Malone off his base when he is working near trash, as he has the balance and body control to slip past and avoid blocks. In the chase of the ballcarrier, he can stop quickly to change direction while still maintaining balance and does not take false steps or gather. His ability to plant and drive back on the ball lets him generate a good burst to close when working in tight quarters.

He is very light-footed and shifty in his stride, reacting quickly to the route while staying tight on the receiver's hip. Even when he over-pursues, he is quick to recover and break down the plays. He does a very good job of flipping his hips to turn on the ball and uses the sideline well for help when adjusting coverages and keeping cushion. He needs to do a better job of timing his leaps when contesting for the jump ball, but in the team's new defensive system, he showed marked improvement in this area during 2005 fall camp.

His feet are very good in transition and he maintains balance throughout his backpedal. When working up field, he will knock down wide receivers attempting to block him with an authoritative blow. However, he is an adequate tackler who prefers to arm tackle rather than squaring up. This could have been to compensate for his shoulder injury. Malone could prove to be a nice mid-round find on draft day.

Career Notes

One of the finest cover cornerbacks in the Midwest, Malone has exceptional quickness and range … Has experience at both cornerback positions.

2005 Season

In 2005, Malone registered 38 tackles (20) with 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass defensed, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and an interception he returned 60 yards for a touchdown. … All-Mid American Conference first-team preseason selection by The NFL Draft Report.

2005 Game Analysis

Western Illinois … On the game's sixth play from scrimmage, Malone Malone picked off his sixth career pass and ran 60 yards for his first career touchdown … Also deflected a pass early in the third quarter on a third-and-5 toss from QB Steve LaFalace that was intended for Reggie Gray, forcing WIU to punt … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Reggie Gray-Two catches for 18 yards.

Western Michigan … Posted four assisted tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, deflected a pass and had a 5-yard punt return while keeping the nation's leading receiver, Greg Jennings, out of the end zone … On the game's first play, he tackled Jamarko Simmons on a 22-yard kickoff return … On WMU's first drive from scrimmage, Malone out-leaped Greg Jennings to bat the ball out of the receiver's hands on a toss from QB Ryan Cubit … Returned a short punt 5 yards to set up QB Bruce Gradkowski's 5-yard scoring lob to Pete Lepley later in the second quarter … On WMU's next drive, Malone was beaten by Jennings on 22 & 7-yard passes that set up Cubit's 37-yard touchdown pass to Simmons with 1:39 left in the first half … A 14-yard third-down toss to Jennings by Cubit in the third quarter set up a WMU 22-yard field goal midway through the third quarter … Teamed with Rover Keon Jackson in tackling Simmons for a 2-yard loss on a reverse during that field goal drive … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Greg Jennings-Eight catches for 72 yards.

Temple … Followed with four assisted tackles and two pass deflections … Three of his stops came on special teams … On the game's opening kickoff, Malone tackled Brian Allbrooks after a 17-yard return … Batted away a pass intended for Bruce Gordon on a first quarter toss by QB Mike McGann … Was penalized for grabbing Gordon's face mask early in the second quarter and was penalized again for grabbing the face mask of Nick Santa Cruz after Malone and Rover Keon Jackson tackled the punt returner for a 1-yard loss on the next drive … Made up for that miscue by batting away McGann's pass intended for DeMorio Hamilton later in the second quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Bruce Gordon-Eight catches for 103 yards.

Fresno State … Did not record any tackles and was beaten by Paul Williams on a 1-yard scoring lob from QB Paul Pinegar early in the second quarter … At the start of the third quarter, Malone knocked down Pinegar's pass that was intended for Williams as the Rockets allowed only 69 yards passing … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Paul Williams-Two catches for 7 yards and a touchdown.

Eastern Michigan … Deflected a pass and made three tackles (2 solos), including one on a third-down play … Chased down QB Matt Bohnet on a 14-yard draw play in the first quarter and batted away Bohnet's third-and-21 pass in the third quarter that was intended for Travis Lewis … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Chris Graham-One catch for 4 yards and Eric Deslauriers-One catch for 12 yards (note-Deslauriers had seven catches for 59 yards in the game, but was covered by CB Jackie Flowers on his other six receptions).

Ball State … Credited with a season-high six tackles (3 solos), including three third-down stops as the Rockets allowed only 76 aerial yards … Stopped Dante Love after the receiver gained 4 yards on a third-and-10 pass thrown by QB Joey Lynch midway through the second quarter … Tackled Charles Wynn after the tailback picked up 3 yards on a rushing attempt in the third quarter, but BSU left offensive guard Dustin Brown was penalized ten yards for holding Malone on the play … Two plays later, Malone was penalized for defensive holding after cornerback Jackie Flowers stopped Terry Moss on a 5-yard reception … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Terry Moss-Two catches for 12 yards.

Buffalo … Two of his three tackles came on third-down plays … Also deflected a pass … Was beaten down the left sideline for a 31-yard reception, but recovered to join Rover Keon Jackson in tackling Brett Hamlin on the play at the start of the third quarter … Killed a fourth quarter scoring drive when he batted away a third-and-3 pass thrown by QB Drew Willy that was intended for Evan Wallace … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Brett Hamlin-Five catches for 84 yards.

2004 Season

Started twelve games at weak-side cornerback … Sat out the Miami (Oh.) contest after suffering a grade two concussion vs. Central Michigan … Still finished with 53 tackles (32 solos), including a 12-yard sack … 19 of his tackles came vs. the run … Deflected four passes and intercepted two others for 2 yards in returns … .Added a tackle on special teams … Was penalized four times.

2004 Game Analysis

Minnesota … Saw limited action in the season opener … Did not make any tackles.

Kansas … Made a pair of solo tackles, including one in the first quarter, when he raced over to the strong-side of the field to tackle Jonathan Lamb after cornerback Patrick Body fell down on an 8-yard pass from QB Adam Barmann … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Gary Heaggans-Two catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Eastern Michigan … Posted seven tackles (5 solos), making four hits vs. the run … In the second quarter on a third-and-10 play, QB Matt Bohnet took off on a draw play, but Malone read the play and came up to stop the passer after a 10-yard gain … Made a diving tackle that leveled Duan Bracey after a 17-yard gain on a reverse in the fourth quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Duan Bracey-Two catches for 19 yards, one run for 17 yards.

Temple … The defense continued to struggle, allowing 483 yards (fourth-straight game giving up over 475 yards), but Malone was in on five tackles, including two vs. the run while also deflecting a pass … Deflected a pass thrown by QB Walter Washington that was intended for receiver Ikey Chuku in the second quarter … In the third quarter on a 39-yard kickoff by Jason Robbins, Lambert Watts fielded the ball at the Temple 26 and returned it 14 yards before Malone and linebacker Michael Broussard brought him down … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Ikey Chuku-Three catches for 49 yards.

Ball State … Totaled a season-high eight tackles (5 solos) with five of those hits coming on running plays … Added a 12-yard sack and a pass deflection, but was penalized once …

On a first quarter pass thrown by Cole Stinson, Malone knocked away the ball that was intended for Dante Ridgeway … Forced Ball State to punt after he sacked Stinson for a 12-yard loss on a third-and-18 play in the third quarter … Later that quarter, Malone tackled tail-back Adell Givens after a 12-yard gain, but Malone was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul (late hit out of bounds … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Dante Ridgeway-Ten catches for 144 yards (31 long).

Western Michigan … Intercepted a pass, deflected another and came up with four tackles (3 solos) … Malone intercepted a Ryan Cubit pass in the first quarter, setting up a Toledo scoring drive that was capped by Scooter McDougle's 1-yard touchdown run … Slipped on a first-and-10 play in the second quarter, but was able to recover and bring down Brian Jackson after a 31-yard gain on a pass thrown by Cubit … In the third quarter, he raced from the opposite end of the field on a third-and-10 pass by Cubit to bring down Greg Jennings after a 37-yard gain … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Brian Jackson-Two catches for 34 yards.

Ohio University … Had a pair of tackles and a pressure as the secondary allowed only 132 yards on 14 of 31 passes … On the game's opening drive, he stopped Stafford Owens after a 2-yard gain on a second-and-10 run from the OU 49 … On the next play (third-and-8, UT 49), he killed the scoring drive when he pressured QB Austen Everson into throwing an incomplete pass that was intended for Kalvin McRae … Assisted linebacker David Thomas in tackling McRae after only a 1-yard gain on a run in the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Anthony Hackett-No receptions.

Central Michigan … Credited with five solo tackles, including a pair of hits on running plays … Malone stopped Jerry Seymour for no gain on a rushing attempt in the second quarter, but it was ruled no play when receiver Justin Harper was penalized for holding Malone on the play … Suffered a concussion on a fourth quarter pass by Kent Smith that was caught by Obed Cetoute for a 12-yard gain … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Damien Linson-Two catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Miami (Oh.) … Did not play (grade two concussion).

Northern Illinois … Returned to action, making three tackles, all coming on running plays as the secondary allowed only 95 yards on 10 of 22 passes … In the second quarter on a run by A.J. Harris from the NIU 29, Malone brought down the tailback, with the assistance of linebacker David Thomas after a 12-yard gain. On the next play, Malone assisted corner-back Patrick Body in tackling Harris after a 7-yard gain on a first-and-10 run. That followed with another tackle by Malone after Harris took off on a run for a 29-yard gain … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Dan Shelton-Three catches for 42 yards.

Bowling Green … Made five tackles, but was also penalized on a punt return … Gave up a touchdown in the first down when QB Omar Jacobs hit Cole Magner with a 34-yard scoring pass … Was penalized 15 yards for kick catching interference on a 43-yard punt from Brett Kern that was placed at the BGSU 33, setting up a Falcons 32-yard field goal … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Cole Magner-Nine catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Miami of Ohio (MAC Championship) … Was in on six tackles (5 solos) with three of those stops coming on running plays … Intercepted a pass and deflected another … Stopped Luke Clemens after the tailback bounced off right tackle for a 4-yard gain in the first quarter … On a 45-yard punt from Brett Kern from the UT 26, Ryne Robinson fielded the ball at the MU 29 and returned it 3 yards before Malone tackled him … Killed a third quarter scoring drive when he intercepted a Josh Betts pass at the MU 46 and returned it 2 yards to set up Toledo QB Bruce Gradkowski's 22-yard scoring strike to Lance Moore … Had a pass interference penalty declined on a 33-yard reception by Ryne Robinson later that quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-R.J. Corbin-One catch for 11 yards.

Connecticut (Motor City Bowl) … Closed out the year with six tackles (4 solos) and three stops vs. the run … On the game's first play from scrimmage, Malone assisted linebacker Anthony Jordan in stopping tailback Cornell Brockington after a 5-yard gain … Tackled Brockington after an 8-yard gain on a first-and-10 run in the second qwuarter … On a 36-yard punt by Brett Kern from the UT 25, Marvin Taylor fielded the ball at the UC 39, but gained only one yard after a crunching tackle made by Malone just before halftime … Chased down Brockington after a 15-yard run in the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Keron Henry-Nine catches for 109 yards.

2003 Season

Started the first ten games at strong-side cornerback, missing the final two contests vs. Western Michigan and Bowling Green after he suffered a fractured clavicle in the Northern Illinois clash … Finished with 59 tackles (40 solos), including one for a 19-yard loss … 28 of his tackles were made vs. the run … Intercepted three passes for 54 yards in returns and deflected six passes.

2003 Game Analysis

Nevada-Las Vegas … Opened the season with five tackles and a pass deflection … Three of his stops came vs. the run … In the first quarter, Malone sniffed out the draw on a first-and-10 play from the UNLV 41, stopping QB Kurt Nantkes for no gain … Deflected Nantkes' second quarter pass that was intended for Tremayne Kirkland … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Michael Johnson-Seven catches for 66 yards (note-two catches for 31 yards were made with Malone off the field).

Liberty … Had four tackles (3 solos) with two solo hits coming on running plays … In the first quarter, Malone stopped Dre' Barnes after a 6-yard gain on a first-and-10 run from the LU 18 and then assisted Paul Dye in tackling Barnes after a 10-yard run … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Ryan Grigsby-No receptions.

Marshall … Registered a season-high ten tackles (5 solos) with four stops on running plays … Deflected a pass and had an interception called back … On the game's opening series, Malone tackled Franklin Wallace after the tailback gained 3 yards on a run off right tackle and two plays later, he stopped tailback Earl Charles after a 1-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play from the UT 29 … On a 47-yard punt from Brandon Hannum in the second quarter that was fielded by Tremeyne Guillory, Malone and linebacker Michael Broussard converged on the returner, holding him to a 1-yard gain … In the third quarter on a third-and-19 shotgun play, QB Graham Gochneaur tossed an 18-yard pass to Earl Charles, but Malone came from the opposite side of the field to help Jamar Landrum bring the halfback down. Four plays later, Gochneaur was intercepted by Malone at the UT 17 and he returned the ball 61 yards, but the play was nullified and Toledo was penalized ten yards for defensive holding (linebacker David Thomas was flagged on the play) … On a 65-yard kickoff by Brandon Hannum, Earl Charles returned the ball 27 yards before Malone tackled him … In the fourth quarter, Hannum's 51-yard punt was fielded by Guillory at the MU 14 and returned 16 yards before Malone stopped him … Hannum's short 36-yard kickoff was hauled in by Matt Morris at the MU 29, but Malone came crashing through the wedge to tackle him after a 1-yard gain … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Jason Schroeder-Four catches for 63 yards.

Pittsburgh … Had a solo tackle, an interception and a pass break-up … Intercepted a deep pass thrown by Rod Rutherford in the fourth quarter at the UT 2 for no return, setting up a Toledo drive that was capped by Trinity Dawson's 2-yard scoring run … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Princell Brockenbrough-Three catches for 43 yards.

Syracuse … Produced seven tackles (4 solos), including five stops vs. the run as the secondary held the Orange to 147 yards on 17 of 23 passes … On the game's third play from scrimmage, tailback Walter Reyes gained 10 yards on a draw play before Malone tackled him. Three plays later, Reyes gained 5 yards on a run up the middle before Malone stopped him and Malone again brought down Reyes three plays after on a second-and-10 run from the UT 15 that netted another 5 yards … Assisted linebacker Michael Broussard in tackling Damien Rhodes after the tailback gained 4 yards on a crossing pattern thrown by R.J. Anderson … Joined Jamar Landrum in stopping Reyes after a 1-yard run in the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Jared Jones-Three catches for 33 yards.

Eastern Michigan … Did not allow a reception while producing seven tackles (5 solos) with four stops vs. the run … Also deflected two passes as the secondary allowed only 118 yards on 16 of 34 pass attempts … Forced EMU to punt after he deflected a third-and-11 pass thrown by Chinedu Okoro that was intended for C.R. Roberson in the second quarter … Chased down Anthony Sherrell after the tailback gained 14 yards on a first-and-10 run in the third quarter and five plays later, Malone burst through the line to drop Nelson Drew for a 19-yard loss. On the next play, Malone pressured Okoro out of the pocket and the QB threw a pass that was intercepted by cornerback Patrick Body and returned 16 yards … At the EMU 49 on a third-and-4 play, Malone killed another scoring drive when he stepped in front of a pass thrown by Okoro that was intended for Eric Deslauriers and batted the ball away … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Chris Talley-No receptions.

Central Michigan … Followed with four solo tackles, including two that came on running plays while not allowing a reception for the second-straight game … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Jacob Brown-No receptions.

Ball State … Matched his career-high with a 10-tackle (7 solos) performance, including six stops (5 solos) vs. the run … On the game's opening kickoff, Jason Robbins kicked the ball 47 yards to the BSU 18, where Brad Saylor returned it 18 yards before Malone and Mike Alston stopped him … At the BSU 27 on a second-and-10 play, QB Talmadge Hill broke free from the pile and raced 46 yards on a draw play, but Malone came out of nowhere to drag the passer down, preventing a touchdown … In the second quarter, Malone again stopped Hill after a 6-yard gain on a first-and-10 run from the BSU 49 … Stopped Charles Wynn for no gain on a second-and-8 run in the fourth quarter and on the next play (third-and-8, UT 49), Malone came from the opposite end of the field to tackle Dante Ridgeway after cornerback Patrick Body was beaten by the receiver on a Hill pass that netted 41 yards before Malone stopped him … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Brian Williamson-Two catches for 15 yards.

Buffalo … Came up with six tackles (5 solos) and two of those stops came on running plays.

Northern Illinois … Posted five tackles (3 solos) and intercepted two passes for 54 yards in returns, along with a pass deflection before leaving the game with a fractured clavicle … A 44-yard kickoff by Brandon Hannum in the first quarter was fielded by Jeremy Pugh, who returned it 13 yards before Malone tackled him. Two plays later, Malone stopped tailback Michael Turner after a 5-yard run and on the next play (NIU 37), Malone deflected a Josh Haldi pass intended for Keith Perry. Three plays later, Malone stepped in front of Haldi's fourth-and-7 toss from the NIU 34 and intercepted the ball at the UT 18, returning it 10 yards to set up a Toledo scoring drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Trinity Dawson (12:08 of the second quarter) … Malone won a foot race against Michael Turner in the third quarter, dragging the tailback down after a 50-yard gain on a first-and-10 run from the NIU 41 … In the fourth quarter, Malone intercepted a Josh Haldi pass thrown at the NIU 45 and returned the ball 44 yards to the NIU 1, where Toledo's Trinity Dawson would later score on a 6-yard touchdown run, but Malone would then leave the game with a fractured clavicle … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR-Keith Perry-Two catches for 42 yards.

2002 Season

Played in every game as a reserve cornerback … Recorded 32 tackles (23 solos) while seeing most of his action in nickel packages and on special teams, where he also posted a stop for a 1-yard loss.

2002 Game Analysis

Cal Poly … Began his collegiate career with four tackles (2 solos) … In the first quarter, Jason Robbins kicked off 63 yards to the CP 2, where Farrell Jones fielded the ball and returned it 18 yards before Malone brought him down for his first collegiate tackle … Assisted Adam Cuomo in stopping Jones after a 24-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and joined James Stanley in stopping Jones on a 32-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.

Eastern Michigan … Added three tackles (2 solos), including one in the fourth quarter, when Malone stopped Nelson Drew after an 8-yard gain on a second-and-5 run.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Registered six tackles (3 solos) … Took down Deon Burnett after a 4-yard gain on a first-and-10 run in the fourth quarter and three plays later, Malone came from the opposite side of the field to bring down Earvin Johnson after the receiver gained 21 yards on a third-and-11 pass by Kurt Nantkes.

Miami (Oh.) … Had a solo tackle in the third quarter … Jason Cox punted the ball 35 yards from the UT 20 to the MU 45, where Darrel Hunter fielded the ball, only to be tackled by Malone for a 1-yard loss.

Central Michigan … Followed with a 7-tackle (6 solos) performance … In the second quarter, Jason Robbins kicked off 51 yards and Robbie Mixon returned the ball 26 yards before Malone took him down … Robbins' next kickoff was returned 39 yards by Mixon before Malone stopped him.

Western Michigan … Added three solo tackles, including one in the first quarter, when he took down Anthony Turner at the WMU 32 after an 8-yard return of Jason Robbins' 41-yard kickoff.

Northern Illinois … Had another three solo tackles, stopping Mike Spacucello after a 7-yard return of a 30-yard kickoff by Jason Robbins (9:41) … Robbins next kickoff was returned 20 yards by Shatone Powers before Malone tackled him … In the third quarter, Powers would gain only 9 yards on a kickoff return before Malone stopped him at the NIU 9 to begin the second half.

Bowling Green and Marshall … Produced a pair of tackles in each game.

Boston College (Motor City Bowl) … Had one assisted tackle in the third quarter, as he joined linebacker Tom Ward in stopping Horace Dodd on a first-and-10 run from the BC 41 that netted 3 yards.

Injury Report

2003: Suffered a Grade Two concussion in a winter car accident (2/19) … Sat out the final two games vs. Western Michigan and Bowling Green after suffering a fractured clavicle in the Northern Illinois contest (11/15).

2004: Sat out the Miami (Oh.) game with a grade two concussion suffered vs. Central Michigan.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.4 in the 40-yard dash … 260-pound bench press … Leg presses 425 pounds 20 times … 33.5-inch vertical jump … 4.3 in the 20-yard shuttle … 7.06 three-cone drill … 30 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed … 23/29 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.59-second 40-yard dash. … 10 reps at 225 pounds. … 34-inch vertical jump. … 9'3" broad jump. … 4.13 seconds in shuttle run. … 7.06 seconds in three-cone drill.

High School

Attended Portsmouth (Oh.) High School, playing football for coach Curt Clifford … Rated the 19th-best prospect in the state by Ohio's Future Stars … Named third-team All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Football Report and was a Prep Star All-American, adding All-Region honors … Recorded 64 tackles and three interceptions as a senior at cornerback and registered 65 tackles, five interceptions and 17 pass deflections as a junior … Also lettered in track (four times) and basketball (three).

Personal

Sports Management major, enrolled in University College … Son of Deanne and Michael Malone … Born Antonio Lee Malone on 1/24/84 … Resides in Portsmouth, Ohio.

 
 

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