Louisville, KY : Charron Elliott
Malone Makes Collegiate All-Commonwealth Team
The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony will be on June 23rd in Lexington, and along with new Hall of Fame inductees comes the pre-season honor of being named to the Collegiate All-Commonwealth for football players attending Kentucky colleges or universities.
Kentucky Wesleyan College’s senior linebacker, Michael Malone, was one of three Panthers’ players to earn the preseason honor. Junior defensive back, Ty Martin Miles and senior offensive linemen, Chris Lemus are also listed as part of the All-Commonwealth team.
Malone is a Kentucky native, born and raised in Louisville, and was part of a great football program at Louisville Male High School. Last season Malone registered 54 tackles for KWC, including 30 solo tackles, and five tackles for a loss . He was also honored with the Great Midwest American Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week in November, after tallying a season-high 16 tackles, one sack, and 1.5 tackles for a loss against Malone University.
Analyzed sports spoke with Michael about what the All-Commonwealth means to him and what to expect for his final season of collegiate football.
CE: As a kid who grew up in the state, what does it mean to you to be on All-Commonwealth team? How does this rank in your list of accomplishments ?
Mike: “This means a lot to me for the simple fact that I am listed as one of the best players in Kentucky on the collegiate level. I think this is one of my biggest accomplishments in my career. I say that because not too many players can say they made this All-Commonwealth team.”
CE: Who inspired you to play the game of football?
Mike: “Seeing the success of my next door neighbors Dexter Heyman and Earl Heyman, who both played for the University of Louisville inspired me to play football. I watched Dexter play at Male when I was in elementary school and got to see Bobby Petrino (University of Louisville football head coach) come to our neighborhood and recruit him. Witnessing that really inspired me to be great.”
CE: What have been some of the major keys to your success?
Mike: “Major keys to my success have been hard work and dedication. Also my daughter has been a huge motivation to me and makes me go even harder than I already had been.”
CE: With your senior year approaching, what has your overall experience been like at KWC?
Mike: “My experience at KWC has been pretty good . I came in and played as a true freshman, made some big plays in some big games, and tied the school’s best record in history (7-4). With playing as early as a true freshman, I am a veteran in the game and I feel like I can teach the young guys coming in the things I know and found out with my experience about college football. I feel like that will make a lot of my teammates better by doing so.”
CE: What are some of your personal/ team goals for the 2017 season?
Mike: “Personal goals for the season is to average 10-20 tackles a game, make the All-American Team, and the All-Conference Team. As far as team goals, I want to beat the school win record, win the G-MAC championship and win the Division 2 National Championship.”
Malone and Kentucky Wesleyan will look to improve from the 3-8 record of last year and open the 2017 season against another in-state school in Murray State University on August 31 in Murray, Kentucky. It will be the first step in Mike’s quest to accomplish his many goals for this season.