Big Ten Coach of the Year Bill O'Brien meets with the media to wrap-up 2012 and look toward 2013 season.
The Nittany Lions will enter this season with significantly more depth in the secondary than the 2012 season. Redshirt freshman Malik Golden joined classmate Trevor Williams in shifting from wide receiver to defensive back during spring practice and made significant progress. The swift and athletic Golden should have an opportunity to crack the safety rotation in addition to playing on special teams. He adds another physical presence in the middle of the field. In the Blue-White game, Golden led all defensive backs with four tackles.
2012 (Freshman Season)
A wide receiver, Golden took a redshirt season.
Golden was a two-time All-New England and two-time All-Colonial League selection for Coach Dan O'Dea at Cheshire Academy. Elected a team captain during his senior season, he played defensive back and wide receiver. Golden compiled more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and grabbed seven interceptions as a senior, helping the squad to the Colonial League championship and an undefeated record. Golden also posted more than 1,500 all-purpose yards as a junior. He helped Cheshire Academy win the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council state championship as a junior and senior. Golden was ranked the No. 2 overall prospect in Connecticut, according to Rivals.com. He also lettered in basketball and track, helping break the school record as a member of the 4x100 relay team.
Full name is Malik Miles Golden. He is the son of Elijah and Diane Boyd, and has one younger brother, Elijah. Golden is enrolled in the College of Communications and owned a 3.16 grade-point average entering the spring semester. He is interested in working in the media or owning a business upon completion of his football career. Born April 27, 1993 in Hartford, Conn.