MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 29: Defensive back Nigel Malone #24 of the Kansas State Wildcats intercepts a ball intended for Trey Franks #2 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the second quarter at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
The Wildcats DB has now been named to three different award watch lists for the 2012 season.
Nigel Malone continues racking up the preseason accolades, as he was named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List on Friday, given to the best DB in the nation, to go along with his spot on the watch lists for the Bednarik and Bronco Nagurski Awards (given to the nation's best defensive player).
Malone, a 5'10 185 senior, is a transfer from the City College of San Francisco. In 2011, his first season in Manhattan, he had 7 interceptions, 10 pass deflections and 58 total tackles.
He's the latest in a long line of junior college transfers that have thrived under Bill Snyder, as the legendary Wildcats coach has long made such players one of the cornerstones of his program.
Malone will have plenty of chances to prove he's worthy of the hype he's received in 2012, as the Big 12 has become a conference known for its emphasis on the passing game and the spread offense over the last decade.