|5 Mike Malone
2007 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE (2nd Team Return Specialist)
Notes: Most teams kicked away from him on kickoffs - or "shy kick" ... Not only an All-American candidate in football, but is one of the top sprinters in the Southern Conference ... Helped WCU win back-to-back SoCon Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as well as the 2006 SoCon Indoor title ... In 2007, earned All-Southern Conference accolades by winning the 4x100-meter relay (40.53), finishing third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.10) and in the long jump (7.19m, 23'7.25") ... Named to the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2007 All-East Regional team along with is fellow 4x400-meter relay team members after finishing eighth in the region ...Was the 2006 outdoor SoCon Champion in the 400-meter hurdles and was on the winning 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams ... Also scored by placing third in the 100 meters and sixth in the long jump ... In 2005, held the title as the SoCon's fastest man, winning the 100 meters at the 2005 Outdoors with a time of 10.45, marking the second consecutive year a Catamount and football player held the title (T. Alford won in 2004) ... Also at the 2005 SoCon Outdoors, won the 200 meters (21.25) and the 110-meter hurdles (14.54), while being on the wining 4x100 relay team and placing fifth in the long jump (21'11") ... All told, he scored an amazing 36.5 points on his own at the 2005 SoCon Outdoors to be named Male Outdoor Track Performer of the Year ... During the 2005 SoCon Indoor season, was second in the 60 meters (6.92), second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.33), second in the 200 meters (22.13) and third in the long jump (22'3.75") ... Helped the Cats win the 2004 SoCon Indoor title by finishing third in the 60mH (8.47) ... Also participated in the 60m ... During the outdoor season, he scored in the SoCon Outdoors in the 100mH and 400mH ... In the 100mH, he placed sixth with a time of 15.50 and, in the 400mH, he placed sixth with a time of 57.03.
2006 (Jr.): Played in all 11 games both on the kickoff return team and as the back-up tailback ... Ranked second on the team in rushing yards, carrying the ball 46 times for 162 yards ... Caught two passes for 46 yards, including a career-best 44-yard screen pass ... Gained a season and career-high 90 yards and a touchdown on a career-best 14 carries in the win over Chowan ... Rushed 10 times for 28 yards at Furman ... Returned 30 kicks for a team-high 663 yards for an average of 22.10 yards per return to rank fifth in the Southern Conference and 42nd in the nation in kickoff return average which helped WCU rank 4th in the conference and 40th in the nation in return yardage (20.5 ypg) ... Averaged 32 yards per return (4 returns for 128 yards) against Georgia Southern ... Returned seven kickoffs for 135 yards in the season finale at Florida ... Was a team captain for the Liberty game.
2005 (So.): Named First Team All-Southern Conference by both the coaches and media as a return specialist ... He ranked second in the nation and led the Southern Conference in kick returns, averaging an impressive 31.29 yards per return ... For the season, had 17 kick returns for 532 yards ... Western additionally ranked first in the nation in kick returns with an average of 27.44 yards per return ... Versus Elon, he returned the opening kickoff 80 yards, setting up a field goal ... The next time he touched the ball, he returned the kickoff 90 yards for his first career touchdown ... Those 170 yards in kick returns versus Elon ranked 10th on the SoCon single-game list ... Got the year off to a good start, returning his only kickoff 46 yards versus Mars Hill and having kick returns of 35 and 34 yards in an upset win over Furman ... His 31.29 yards per return for the season ranked eighth on the SoCon single-season top 10 and second on the WCU all-time list ... Had 12 carries at tailback, gaining 33 yards.
2004 (RFr.): Played in six games, serving as a backup at running back and kick return ... Also saw action on various special teams units ... All seven carries on the year came in the season opener versus West Virginia State.
2003 (Fr.): Redshirted.
Prior to Western: Scored 52 rushing touchdowns and rushed for 3,192 yards over his career at Gainesville ... An all-area selection as a senior, he rushed for 1600 yards with 29 TDs ... Added 58 receptions and 10 receiving TDs that season ... Led Gainesville to a AAA region championship ... MVP of his football and track teams.