What are your measurements (height, weight and forty
Height is 5’10 ½, 184 and my forty time was
somewhere between a 4.46 and a 4.50.
What schools recruited you when you were coming out
of high school?
I didn’t have any offers coming out of high school.
I had offers to walk on at Sacramento State and
Describe your career at the community college in San
The coaching staff over there helped me build my
confidence. I used to play receiver for the
majority of the time in high school. When I got to
San Francisco, the coaching staff took their time
with me. They helped me with my technique. I had a
great experience in San Francisco. I met some good
guys. I learned how to play corner.
you wind up at Kansas State?
You never know which schools will come looking for
you unless you are a high profile recruit. Kansas
State came in. It was kind of far from home. I was
hesitant to go there at first. But my teammate
wound up going with me. We always wanted to play
together and finish our college careers with the
same program. I just felt like it was the best
opportunity for me.
Tell me about your career at Kansas State.
It was definitely different. The whole environment
was different. It was a little bit of a culture
shock going to the Midwest. The program was a lot
more disciplined than at a junior college. It was
difficult, but it was good for me. It helped me
grow off the field as well. It helped me be more
disciplined. I learned how to do everything right
on and off the field.
Your team had an overall record of 11-2 during the
senior season, how were you able to accomplish that
We felt like we didn’t finish the junior year the
way we wanted to. We didn’t win the Big 12 and lost
in the Cotton Bowl. We had a great leadership
environment coming back with guys like Collin Klein
and Arthur Brown. Everybody bought in as far as the
off-season work. Everybody knew their roles. The
goal was to take it as far as we can. We wanted to
win the Big 12 and go to the BCS bowl. We didn’t
win that game, but we are proud of our
What makes your head coach Bill Snyder so
He has a great coaching staff. My DB coach was a
master of X’s and O’s. He taught me a lot of things
about the game that I didn’t know going in. I
learned zone and man schemes and what offenses are
trying to do. He was very professional. Coach
Snyder is a hardnosed guy. He brings a lot of
discipline to the program. He makes you work hard
on the field and sacrificing. All of that
discipline pays off.
What are your strengths on the football field?
I am a great competitor. I think that I attack the
ball well. I am smart. I feel like I am a good
cover guy. A lot of it comes from being in the film
room. I break down offenses and what they like to
do. I just know how to execute my job well.
What areas of your game do you need to improve
I am not the biggest guy. I need to get stronger.
You were named the defensive MVP at the East/West
Shrine Game, tell me that experience.
I definitely enjoyed the experience. It was cool.
I met some really good guys. It was cool to see
most guys in person that you hear about on
Saturdays. We are young men striving for the same
dream. It was a cool environment to be in. The
week of practice was pretty chill for us. We kept
it pretty simple as far as the scheme. We played
man and simple cover 3. I just went out there
during the game and did my best. It was very
gratifying to get the MVP of the game. I went out
there and competed against some of the best guys in
the country. It was a fun experience.
Which players did you bond with?
Pretty much all of the secondary guys. We had a
couple of guys from the Big 12. Bradley McDougald
from Kansas and Demontre Hurst from Oklahoma. My
roommate was actually a defensive lineman from
Vanderbilt. I met a lot of good guys there.
What was the most memorable experience for you at
the 2013 Shrine Game?
On the field, it was the coaching that we got. It
was interesting to compare NFL coaches with college
coaches. Off the field, I really enjoyed the time
that we spent with the kids. It was pretty
special. I didn’t know what to expect going into
it. It was really special to go there and see the
smiles on those kids’ faces. It was definitely the
Which players stood out to you during the week?
Zeke Motta from Notre Dame stood out to me. He kind
of surprised me a little bit. He is a longer, big
body type of guy. But he was out there doing press
coverage. He was covering the slot. It is pretty
special for a guy his size to go out there and be as
agile as he was.
Where are you training for the NFL Draft?
I was training at The Factory in Southern
California. Now I am trying at my junior college.
It is good to be back at home and training with the
guys that I have been accustomed to for so long.
Were you happy with the results from the Pro day?
The Pro day was definitely awesome. It was a little
more tiring than I thought it would be because we
did events back-to-back-to-back. I had a pretty
good day. I showed similar results as during my
training. I jumped really well. I ran fast. It is
something the scouts were looking forward to. I
have heard from a couple of scouts that they had me
running the forty at a slower time. I knew that I
would run fast.
What is the highlight of your career?
I would probably say that getting my first Division
I offer. I received it from Arizona after my
freshman season at a junior college. But I couldn’t
leave after my freshman year. I ended up having to
go back. At that point, it just made it even more
gratifying. I had a few more offers after that. I
have put in so much effort into it. I didn’t have
an offer coming out of high school. It just made me
What is your favorite NFL team?
I am just a fan of the game. I don’t root for any
particular team now. I did grow up as a Raiders
Who is your favorite NFL player?
I really like Charles Woodson. He is really
versatile. He can get picks from the slot which is
pretty hard to do. He is definitely someone who I
What will you miss the most about Kansas State?
I will definitely miss my teammates. It was a lot
of hard work. They stuck it out with me. They kept
Describe your former teammates QB Collin Klein and
LB Arthur Brown.
Both were really humble guys. People of high
profile have some kind of an ego. These guys are
the complete opposite of that. Collin is definitely
a lot more vocal. Arthur is kind of a quiet
leader. He leads by example. Collin is someone who
will always compete. He is going to strive towards
greatness. He will give his best every single
What do you enjoy the most about football?
I like the competition. It might be a little
cliché, but that is why we play the game. You go
out there and see who the best team is. Your best
versus our best.
Which underclassman on your team should we keep an
eye on in the future?
We lost a lot of guys. But that program has
leadership. We have young Randall Evans leading
them in the secondary. We have some weapons on
offense. I have been getting a lot of good reports
from my young guys. They are out there working.
What are your hobbies?
I like collecting shoes. I have always had an
interest in shoes. When I got older, it is
something that I got into more. I like the shoes
from the Lebron series.
What is your definition of a leader?
It is somebody that can get the most out of their
guys while also being a follower. It is also
someone that you can count on.
Finish the sentence, Nigel Malone is….
On the field, I am a competitor. Off-the-field, I