2017 LSU Graduate (Sports Administration)
Two-year starter on the offensive line for the Tigers in 2016 and 2017 … Physical run blocker that helped pave the way for 1,000-yard rushers Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice during his career … Capped LSU career playing in 35 games with 18 starts, all at left tackle … Graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies … Opted to return to another year of football in 2017, putting off his goal of becoming a U.S. Marshal … Son of legendary NBA basketball player Karl Malone.
SENIOR SEASON (2017)
Played in seven games, starting first six games of season at left tackle … Suffered knee in first half of win over Florida and missed the next six games … Returned to action against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl … For year, saw action on 372 offensive snaps and recorded 32 knockdown blocks … Did not allow a sack from his left tackle position in the same games that he played in … Played all 79 offensive snaps in win over BYU to open the season … Also played every snap against Syracuse (62) and Troy (63) … Played 14 offensive snaps before injury against Florida … Returned to action against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl and played 42 of LSU’s 80 offensive plays … Recorded 1.5 knockdowns against the Irish … Had season high seven knockdown blocks in back-to-back games against Chattanooga and Mississippi State.
JUNIOR SEASON (2016)
Cemented himself as the starting left tackle in all 12 games … Played a total of 646 snaps for the third-most on the team … Recorded 56 knockdown blocks and 23 “great effort” plays … Gave up just three sacks all season … Played a career-high 75 snaps against Missouri where he also posted five knockdowns blocks ... Recorded eight knockdown blocks against Ole Miss and seven against Mississippi State … As a unit, LSU finished No. 4 in the SEC with 233.0 rushing yards per game with 30 TDs.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015)
Saw action in all 12 games with no starts … Backed up Jerald Hawkins at left tackle and was also listed as a reserve at left guard … Played 62 offensive snaps on the line, including a career-high 46 against Arkansas … Finished the season with seven knockdown blocks as he recorded five against Arkansas and two versus Eastern Michigan … Did not allow a sack on the year … Played extensively on special teams for point after touchdown attempts.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2014)
Played in five games with no starts ... Saw action in a reserve capacity at left tackle ... Accumulated five knockdown blocks on 65 total snaps played ... Produced a season-best four knockdowns against New Mexico State ... Played 26 snaps on the line against New Mexico State, 22 snaps versus Sam Houston State, nine against ULM and eight against Kentucky.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013)
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2013.
Named to the 2012 1A All-State team by Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... A four-star recruit according to ESPN.com and a three-star according to Rivals, 247Sports and Scout ... Listed as the No. 9 center prospect nationally by 247sports ... Rated as the No. 23 guard in the nation by ESPN ... Named to the PrepStar All-Southeast Region team ... Led Cedar Creek to a 9-3 record in his senior season ... Coached by Ben Haddox.
Full name is Karl Anthony Malone Jr. ... Goes by K.J. ... Born May 8, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah ... Parents are Kay and Karl Malone Sr. ... Has three siblings – Kadye, Kylee, and Karlee ... Dad played in NBA for 18 seasons and is considered one of the best players to ever play the game ... Karl Sr. is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was twice named MVP of the league, and was a 14-time NBA All-Star ... He capped his career with 36,928 points, which ranks second to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in NBA history.