SE: Junior College Pair to Be Teammates... Again

Head Coach Bill Snyder

Aug. 25, 2011

By Mark Janssen - K-State Sports Extra

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One comes from Manteca, Calif., and the other from San Jose, Calif., but both arrive at Kansas State via City College of San Francisco with a similar goal in mind.

"Starting was very important to me, and I'm grateful that the coaches have that faith in me to step in and play right away," said Nigel Malone of Manteca, who was involved in spring practices.

From San Jose, Allen Chapman did not arrive until July, but when he did, he was full of spirit and optimism.

"I'm not going to lie to you, I want to be first team all-conference," said Chapman. "I'd also like to be Big 12 Newcomer of the Year like Daniel Thomas was."

Malone is 5-foot-10, 185 pounds. Chapman is 5-11, 180. Together, they helped CCSF to a 12-1 record last year, which included winning the NorCal Championship game. During their two seasons, they celebrated 22 wins in 24 games.

Malone calls his adjustment to Division I "smooth so far," with the biggest adjustment being "... the speed of the game, and how fast plays develop."

He says his advice last spring via phone calls to Chapman was to "... be ready to work. Speed is such a factor, so just to come in and be ready to adjust to the new system."

Malone was courted by Kentucky and New Mexico, while Chapman also considered New Mexico, Louisiana Tech and Fresno State.

While Malone said he wanted to stay with "guys I've played with in juco," it wasn't necessarily a package deal for the two to come to K-State.

On signing together, head coach Bill Snyder said, "I'm not sure the impact that will have. When a youngster comes in, they make friends and are part of a big group of people. You make new friends, and they don't think as much about yesterday as they do today and tomorrow."

Playing a huge role in the decision to come to K-State for both former CCSF players was K-State Director of Recruiting Operations Joe Gordon.

"He's helped me grow as a person," said Malone, "and then `Rat' (David Garrett) has helped with his senior leadership, stressing the importance of coming out with the energy you need to play the game."

Chapman added, "Joe Gordon is like a mentor to me. He was an All-American defensive back, and we have a real good relationship."

Chapman was named the MVP defensive back for his Oak Grove High School team in 2008. He had five interceptions as a freshman, plus five more as a sophomore. In his final year, he scored 39 tackles with a sack, two fumble recoveries and 12 pass breakups.

Malone holds Sierra High School career records for catches, receiving yards, interceptions and fumble recoveries. At CCSF, he had 25 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups as a sophomore.

In comparing their two styles, Malone said, "He's best in covering the deep ball, while breaking down on the ball is probably mine (strong suit)."

Both feel that they will be ready for the Big 12 as 2009 CCSF quarterback Darius Bell is now at UCLA, last year's quarterback Steele Jantz is with Iowa State, plus wide receiver Darius Bright went to Hawaii and Aaron Horne to Iowa State.

"You're up against some of the best players around in California junior college," said Chapman.

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