Malone cleared to practice

In the University of Memphis's first official preseason workout Friday, Keiwone Malone practiced. And, in the few reps he took, he was blazingly fast.

In the University of Memphis's first official preseason workout Friday, Keiwone Malone practiced. And, in the few reps he took, he was blazingly fast.

Memphis football coach Larry Porter is hoping the process to get the Alabama transfer fully cleared is just as quick.

"He's cleared, he's been admitted and accepted into school, so he's cleared to practice," Porter said, adding that the NCAA has yet to decide on his full eligibility status. "Our next step is gathering all the information and documents to try to submit a hardship (waiver)."

Malone transferred to Memphis from Alabama on the theory that he was moving to be closer to his ill grandmother. Because Malone was suspended indefinitely by Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban at the time of his transfer, however, the NCAA may be reluctant to fully clear the diminutive receiver.

Still, the process hasn't dampened the Memphis native's spirits, Porter said.

"He's just as excited as we are in terms of being out there, so now we just have to get him caught up in terms of learning the system," Porter said.

In the limited action Malone, wearing a No. 7 jersey, participated in, he showed impressive speed and, in one drill, hauled in a 35-yard touchdown with ease after beating defensive back Cannon Smith off the line of scrimmage.

Porter didn't provide a timetable of when he expects the NCAA to make a decision regarding Malone's eligibility.


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