"Basketball gives me the footwork I need to play football," noted the 6-6, 306-pounder. "It has me move my feet a lot and keeps me in good shape. I've been playing basketball my whole life so I have everything down that I need."
While playing basketball his entire athletic career, he is relatively new to the game of football.
"I've played two years of football," said Malone. "My first time was the 10th grade, then I quit then I joined the team again this year. Football is my favorite sport. I love football."
Just as he does on the football field, he uses his size to his advantage. On the football field he keeps his man from sacking the quarterback while on the court he keeps his man from scoring.
"On the basketball team my job is to, basically, score for our team and stop the other team's big man," said Malone, an excellent student in the classroom. "On defense, I'm generally just a safety valve because my man doesn't score on me, so I help out the rest of my teammates if they get beat."
Madison-Ridgeland Academy plays McComb High School in the 2011 Rumble In The South tournament Monday, January 17, at 2 pm at Mississippi College.
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