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July 9, 2014

TigerSportsReport.com Top 10 for 2014: No. 6

THE TIGERSPORTSREPORT.COM TOP 10 for 2014
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Keiwone Malone
5-foot-11, 155 pounds, Senior

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6

Keiwone Malone is a local product out of Mitchell High. The 4* Wide Receiver originally signed with Alabama but transferred to Memphis after redshirting his one year at Alabama.

Last season he was third on the team in receptions and second in yards per catch. Malone led the American Athletic Conference in returns last year and picked up some preseason mentions. Athlon Sports' had him on the All AAC 3rd team and Phil Steele had him on the All AAC 4th team.

His production slipped a little last year compared to 2012 but we wouldn't put that on him. The Tigers had a new quarterback and a less experienced offensive line than they did in 2012.

The last four games of the season last year Malone caught 16 passes for 232 yards.

Malone, just like fellow receiver Joe Craig, has speed. He has the ability to streak the defense. Give him a little space and he can make a short 5 yard catch into a 15 yard gain.

Punt return is where he has shinned the most. He has a knack for it, he's elusive, and has good vision.


WHY HE COULD BE HIGHER:

Malone is a great talent and he's shown flashes of that the past two years.

WHY HE COULD BE LOWER:

While he's incredibly talented, he hasn't lived up to that talent thus far. Not entirely his fault. He needs to get the ball into his hands and that requires the quarterback to throw it to him. In order for the quarterback to get him the ball he needs more than the 1.5 seconds of time to find the receivers.

2014 OUTLOOK:

Malone had a great spring practice. He looked sharp and more focused than we've ever seen him. This season he not only physically ready but mentally as well. Paxton Lynch has a year under his belt, the offensive line is stronger, which means there should be enough there for Malone to finally shine at Wide Receiver, he's already shined at Punt Returning. His last year in a Tigers jersey should be a memorial one. Opposing punters would be wise not to punt it to him.

MORE: Memphis Roster | Full 2013 Stats





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