A junior-college transfer who was one of the top defensive backs nationally this pastseason... Was one of 15 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award and the first Wildcat up for the award since Terence Newman (2002)... Named a Second Team Walter Camp All- American, a First Team All-Big 12 selection by the league?s coaches and a Second Team All-Big 12 pick by the Associated Press... Also named a First Team All-Big 12 performer by ESPN.com and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, while he was a second-team honoree by the Kansas City Star and San Antonio Express-News... Started every game this past year... Led the Big
12 and tied for third nationally with seven interceptions... His seven picks are second in school history and tied for fifth in Big 12 history... One of four players nationally with two or more picks in multiple games... Ranked fourth in the league and tied for eighth in the NCAA with 16 passes defended... A second team midseason All-Big 12 honoree by Phil Steele.
Had 52 receptions for 707 yards and six touchdowns as a senior at Sierra... Recorded 23 tackles (20 solo, 3 assisted), one sack, eight interceptions for 226 yards and four pass deflections, four interceptions and four fumble recoveries as a junior... Holds Sierra career records for catches, receiving yards, interceptions and fumble recoveries.
Nigel Malone was born September 26, 1990... Son of Darvin Malone.