Speedy Talley Giving Football A Shot

Scottsboro High School's Malik Talley was impressive at a July camp for football prospects at Auburn.

Scottsboro, Ala.--One of the most athletic prospects at Auburn’s rising junior football camp was a basketball player.

Scottsboro High’s head football coach, Patrick Nix, brought one of his team’s new players to the event at Auburn, the venue where Nix played quarterback for the Tigers during his college days. The coach notes that Malik Talley is an interesting young athlete and the class of 2016 prospect showed the Auburn coaches plenty of ability.

“The camp was great and I loved it,” said Talley, who tested very well. “I am looking forward to coming back to Auburn another time.”

Measuring in at 6-2, 177 pounds, Talley showed he can run and jump. He did 38 inches in the vertical jump and was fast at 40 yards. “The first time I wasn’t really loose and I ran a 4.52,” he said. “When I ran the 40 the second time it went down to a 4.42.”

Talley’s speed is something that Nix can use at wide receiver and in the secondary at safety this year now that Talley has decided to add football to his schedule.

“I just came back out for football this year,” Talley said. “I have been focused on basketball since seventh grade, but then I realized I missed football. I am looking forward to this season.”

Asked if he prefers to play offense or defense, Talley said, “I don’t know, I love them both.”

A basketball starter at Scottsboro since his ninth grade season, Talley noted that he averaged “around 15 points per game” as a sophomore.

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