Malik Golden ended the 2013 campaign with the best game of his young career and he has been preparing during the off-season to have a greater impact in the secondary rotation. The Hartford, Conn., product made significant strides last season after moving from wide receiver to safety following a redshirt season in 2012. Golden saw action in all 12 games last year and played an important role on several special teams units. The former Cheshire Academy standout made eight tackles last year, including a season-high three in the huge season-ending victory at No. 14 Wisconsin. With continued progress, the athletic and hard-hitting Golden is poised to again be a central figure on special teams and challenge for more playing time in the defensive backfield.
2013 - Sophomore Season
In his first season on the field, Golden made the move to the defensive side of the ball after playing wide receiver as a redshirt during the 2012 campaign. He earned playing time in all 12 games on special teams and at safety, recording eight tackles and a pass breakup. Golden opened the season with a tackle in the win over Syracuse in MetLife Stadium and followed with a solo stop against Eastern Michigan. Golden also recorded tackles against Kent State, Ohio State and Purdue. He capped off the season with arguably his best outing with a season-high three tackles, all of which came late in the third quarter and the fourth quarter, and a pass breakup in the big 31-24 win at No. 14 Wisconsin.
2012 - Freshman Season
Playing as 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. He is a telecommunications major. Born April 27, 1993 in Hartford, Conn.