Player Focus: Malcolm Rodriguez

Player Focus: Malcolm Rodriguez
By Jeremy T. Ballreich

Malcolm Rodriguez is quickly becoming the best LB on the roster, but to say it is a surprise, well, I’d be lying. Because winning and proving people wrong is what he has been doing since High School!

In HS, everyone has focused upon his wrestling background, where he was a 2 time state champion. They forget he played true Ironman Football. He played QB and DB! On offense he threw for 6,144 yards, rushed for 2,449 yards and had 115 total TDs in his time at Wagoner HS in Wagoner, OK.

Started as a safety at Oklahoma State University. Switching to LB in 2019, this past season was awarded the honor of First Team All-American by ESPN. He also was the MVP of the 2022 Fiesta Bowl.

I am very impressed with this young man’s tenacity, and ability to perform with the Lions so far. In the past 2 weeks, one was a rotational LB, last week as a starter. He already has 14 total tackles and 4 assisted tackles. Has shown the Grit that Campbell looks for in a player.
Looking forward to a lot of years where Malcolm is in the middle of this defense for a long time.

Thanks For Reading!!