The East-West Shrine Game couldn’t have gone much better for former Kansas State cornerback Nigel Malone.
He jumped in front of a pass just before halftime and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown that gave his team a 21-3 lead. When the game was over, he was named Most Outstanding Player on defense.
“I didn’t exactly finish how I wanted to in the Fiesta Bowl,” Malone (told the Tampa Bay Times), referring to his Wildcats’ 35-17 loss to Oregon on Jan. 3. “This meant a lot to come out in my last, real college game and come up with a victory, especially with a great group of guys.”
It’s hard to say how one play might impact his NFL chances (he was projected as a possible late-round selection heading in) but a pick six in a college all-star game certainly can’t hurt. Malone had a knack for interceptions with the Wildcats, and proved he could still make them in a new setting. He also must have felt relieved to hold the ball all the way across the goal line.
The game didn’t go as well for former K-State quarterback Collin Klein, though.