Keiwone Malone, 6'1, 165 pound wide receiver from Memphis-Mitchell High School has been taken the state by storm in his junior season. He has piled up 1319 yards receiving with 18 touchdowns so far in the 2008 season. All of those stats include his monster of a game this past Friday in the quarterfinals. Malone racked up 358 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns in his team's win.
Malone reported, "I have offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Duke, and North Carolina." He went on to add, "My number one school is Miami, then Georgia, Tennessee, and then Auburn" As for the Hurricanes, who have not offered yet, Malone commented, "They came and watched me last year."
Although he has several offers and most likely will have several other before his senior season he has not visited any schools yet. He explained of his intentions, "I am going to visit some this summer."
His combinations of speed and agility have made Malone hard to stop for several teams throughout the state. He attributes his skill to another great wide receiver, NFL great Jerry Rice. He commented on his abilities by saying, "Jerry Rice, I just look at his videos all the time and pick up little things he does and try to use it on the field."
For Malone and his teammates this run in the playoffs could provide to be memorable. The Tigers from Memphis-Mitchell are now 9-4 on the season after their 41-35 win over Dyersburg. In the victory Malone and junior quarterback Robert Redmond put up some amazing stats. Malone said of the game, "At first I did not know I had 358 receiving yards, but I knew we needed to win in order to go to the state."
This week will once again present a challenge for Malone and company as they take on defending state champion Nashville-David Lipscomb. He said of the game, "I expect that we will stand our ground. I think we will have a big game in our running offense because they are going to try and stop the pass." The Tigers will look for a solid ground game that is led by sophomore running back Artaves Gibson, 6-2, 210 pounds, who has rushed for 1405 yards and 19 touchdowns.
As for his own skills Malone has found some areas for improvement. He explained, "I think I need to improve on my blocking and route running."