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Malik Golden
Malik  Golden

Graduate Student

Hartford, Conn.

High School:
Cheshire Academy

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 205



H.S. Coach:
Dan O'dea



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  • Golden will build off of the momentum he established at the beginning of 2014 before missing the final five games of the season due to injury.
  • Golden showed great improvement in the spring and will have a chance to factor into the secondary.
  • A good combination of speed and size, Golden began his career as a wide receiver before making the transition to defensive back prior to the start of his redshirt freshman season.
  • A major contributor on special teams, he will look to become a major factor at the safety position alongside sophomore Marcus Allen and senior Jordan Lucas.
  • He is among the Nittany Lions on schedule to graduate in December with his degree in telecommunications.
  • Golden was the No. 2 rated prospect in Connecticut as a senior and is the only returning Nittany Lion from the Nutmeg State.

    ➤ 2014 ➤ Sophomore Season
    Appeared in eight games on defense and special teams…Made seven tackles (four solo), with 0.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup. UCF (8/30): Posted his first stop of the season in the first quarter of the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Akron (9/6): Logged a career-high four tackles (three solo). At Rutgers (9/13): Collected one tackle. UMass (9/20): Recorded his first career tackle for loss (0.5 TFL)…Added one pass breakup.

    ➤ 2013 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
    Moved to the defensive side of the ball after playing wide receiver during the 2012 campaign…Appeared in all 12 games…Saw time on special teams and at safety…Recorded eight tackles and one pass breakup. Syracuse (8/31): Opened the season with one tackle in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Made one solo stop. Kent State (9/21): Recorded one tackle. At Ohio State (10/26): Notched one stop. Purdue (11/16): Had one tackle. At Wisconsin (11/30): Posted a season-high three tackles, all coming late in the third quarter and the fourth quarter…Added one pass breakup.

    ➤ 2012 ➤ True Freshman Season
    Redshirt season…Listed as a wide receiver.

    ➤ High School
    Was a two-time All-New England and two-time All-Colonial League selection for head coach Dan O’Dea at Cheshire Academy…Elected team captain during his senior season…Played defensive back and wide receiver…Compiled more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and grabbed seven interceptions as a senior…Helped the Cats to the Colonial League championship and an undefeated record during his final prep season…Posted more than 1,500 all-purpose yards as a junior…Helped Cheshire Academy win the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council State Championship as a junior and senior…Ranked the No. 2 overall prospect in Connecticut according to…Also lettered in basketball and track…Was a member of the school-record 4x100 relay team.

    ➤ Personal
    Full name is Malik Miles Golden…Son of Elijah and Diane Boyd…Has one younger brother, Elijah…Is on schedule to earn his degree in telecommunications in December…Born April 27, 1993 in Hartford, Conn.

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