Emerged to take advantage of his opportunity when called upon, earning Pac-12 honorable mention all-conference honors as a first-year starter . . . Opened the first 12 games of the season at inside linebacker while making appearances in all 13 contests . . . The three-time academic all-conference honorable mention recipient also was named team?s most improved player in vote of teammates . . . Led the Ducks in tackles with 105 stops (45 unassisted) to rank seventh in the conference in addition to posting two-and-a-half tackles for loss and a pair of quarterback sacks . . . Also nabbed an interception against Washington State before delivering the knockout blow in the Alamo Bowl win with a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown against Texas . . . Added a forced fumble in the regular-season finale against Oregon State . . . Accumulated double-digit tackles in six games and led Oregon in takedowns on five occasions, including a career-high 12 tackles at Virginia (3 solo) and Arizona . . . Tallied 11 tackles in first career start against Nicholls before duplicating output at Stanford, and credited with seven unassisted stops among his 10 hits vs. UCLA . . . Took part in more than 70 plays on three occasions, including 78 snaps at Arizona.
Started one of 12 appearances during a season when he ranked eighth on team in tackles and third among linebackers (41) ? Logged 45 snaps or more in seven of first eight games, recording a personal-best nine tackles in win over Colorado in addition to returning an interception 14 yards . . . Also credited with six tackles in each of previous two weeks against Washington and Arizona State (combining for seven unassisted) . . . Recorded a quintet of stops in opener vs. Arkansas State ? Made three stops in wins vs. Tennessee Tech and California . . . Awarded Pac-12 Academic All-Conference honorable mention acclaim for second year in a row.
Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention ? Appeared in all 14 games, totaling 15 tackles ? Had one stop in win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl ? Made one solo tackle in win vs. UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship Game ? Had two tackles in the Civil War victory over Oregon State ? First career TFL for a 6-yard loss in victory at Washington ? Two stops in win at Colorado ? Had a pair of solo stops in win at Arizona and two tackles vs. Missouri State ? Season-high three tackles in win over Nevada.
Worked with the scout team during redshirt season.
Helped lead the Yellowjackets to a 10-2 overall record in his senior season as both a defensive back and running back before falling to Rancho Cucamonga in the playoffs? Had 44 tackles, two interceptions, 17 pass deflections and three fumble recoveries on defense in addition to rushing for 1,501 yards on 137 carries (10.96) and 19 touchdowns? One of two rushers to surpass 1,400 yards in 2009? As a junior in 2008-09, rushed for 1,063 yards on 136 carries and 11 scores on offense while racking up 41 tackles, two interceptions, 11 pass deflections and four fumble recoveries on defense? As a sophomore, had 44 tackles, one interception, four pass deflections and one fumble recovery while playing mostly on defense only ? The three-star recruit (Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com) was rated as the No. 41 safety in the country by Scout.com.
Parents: Derrick Malone, Sr. and Candice Allen. Family: One brother. High School (Coach): Colton (Harold Strauss), 2010. Major: Journalism/Advertising and General Social Science.