- 2012 All-America and Big 12 Candidate
A junior-college transfer who was one of the top defensive backs nationally this past season... A Preseason All-American and Preseason All-Big 12 pick, as well as the nation's fourth-best defensive back heading into 2012 by Lindy's... Also a Preseason All-Big 12 selection by Athlon and Phil Steele... Voted a player representative.
2011: 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 Third Team All-American by the Associated Press and Phil Steele, while he earned honorable mention accolades by Sports Illustrated... 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... Named the Big 12 Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year by ESPN.com... Led the Big 12 and tied for third nationally with seven interceptions... His seven picks were 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 12th in the NCAA with 16 passes defended... Started every game... Began his career with two interceptions against Eastern Kentucky... Recorded seven tackles and picked off a pass at Miami... Picked off a pass and returned in 24 yards for a touchdown on the opening play from scrimmage at Texas Tech... Also set a then-career high eight tackles against the Red Raiders... Recorded his second multi-INT game against Oklahoma to go along with two pass breakups, giving him a season-best four passes defended... Picked off his seventh pass of the season against Texas A&M... Recorded a career-best nine tackles at Texas... Forced a fumble against Iowa State.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Rated as a three-star cornerback by Rivals.com... Recorded 25 tackles (19 solo, 6 assisted) in 2010 for City College... Had three interceptions, nine pass breakups and one forced fumble... Also returned a blocked extra point for a two-point conversion... Along with fellow Wildcat Allen Chapman, CCSF recorded a 12-1 record on the season with a win in the NorCal Championship game, its 11th in school history... Fell just short of another state championship following a loss to Mt. San Antonio Community College and fellow Wildcat Vai Lutui... Compiled a 22-2 record in two seasons at City College.
HIGH SCHOOL: Had 52 receptions for 707 yards and six touchdowns as a senior at Sierra High School... Recorded 23 tackles (20 solo, 3 assisted), one sack, eight interceptions for 226 yards and four pass deflections as a senior, while he had four interceptions and four fumble recoveries as a junior... Holds Sierra career records for catches, receiving yards, interceptions and fumble recoveries.
PERSONAL: Nigel Malone was born September 26, 1990... Son of Darvin Malone... Majoring in social sciences.