Porter addresses Malone situation

University of Memphis coach Larry Porter said Thursday that he's hopeful incoming Alabama transfer Keiwone Malone will be on the field on Friday for the first practice of fall camp.

University of Memphis coach Larry Porter said Thursday that he's hopeful incoming Alabama transfer Keiwone Malone will be on the field on Friday for the first practice of fall camp.

"I'm very hopeful that, when we take the field tomorrow, he'll be there with us," Porter said. "I feel very good about that aspect."

Malone, who red-shirted for the Crimson Tide last season, was suspended indefinitely by Tide coach Nick Saban in June after an undisclosed violation of team rules. While Porter expressed optimism about Malone's odds of playing this year, he said he wasn't allowed to speak with the former Memphis Mitchell standout at this time.

"I (do) know he's in Memphis and looking forward to being part of our program," Porter said.

Before Malone can become eligible for Porter and the Tigers, he'll have to clear some NCAA hurdles. NCAA bylaw 14.5.2.1 states that any "student who transfers to any NCAA institution from a collegiate institution while the student is disqualified or suspended from the previous institution for disciplinary reasons (as opposed to academic reasons) must complete one calendar year of residence at the certifying institution."

That Malone was suspended, for disciplinary reasons, at the time of his transfer hurts his case. Although Malone cited his ailing grandmother as a reason for transfer, it will be up to the NCAA to ultimately decide the dynamic receiver's fate.

What would increase Malone's chances of playing, however, is a letter from Saban to Memphis officials. If Saban elects to vouch for him, Malone could have some leverage with the NCAA. Porter said he's encouraged by what's taken place thus far.

"I'm working with the young man and his family to get this process expedited so he can get on the field," Porter said.

Scout.com's Scott Kennedy said that Malone has excellent hands and elevates well in tight spaces.

"With his speed, he's a candidate to play any of the wide receiver positions, but his change of direction and size make him an ideal candidate as a slot receiver or return man," Kennedy said. "Lethal in the open field, Malone is the type to make a guy miss in space."


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