September 20, 2010

Maly, Waunakee roll to 4-0

It's always difficult to project the future, but in watching Austin Maly play Friday night, it became obvious why the Wisconsin coaching staff is so high on the Waunakee (WI) senior tight end.

He's all of 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. Against Mt. Horeb/Barneveld (WI), a fellow 3-0 team entering the game, Maly reeled in two catches for 59 yards. But he was also a standout blocker for the undefeated Warriors, who knocked off the Vikings 55-6.

"I guess the season is going pretty well," Maly said following the win. "I need to show everyone that I can actually play at that level. That's what I'm playing out here for. I'm playing for my family, for the guys out there. We're sweating blood out there.

"I need to prove something to everyone that I deserve it."

Lining up as a traditional tight end, it seemed the Waunakee coaching staff called plays that would run to whatever side Maly was lined up. He is physical at the point of attack, quick off the snap and isn't afraid to bully opposing linemen around.

He also showed a knack for having soft hands when he caught a ball over his shoulder that looked to be overthrown.

UW is projecting Maly as a H-back.

"Instead of dropping the ball in front of 1,000 people I'm going to be dropping balls in front of 80,000 people," Maly, who attended UW's 20-19 win over Arizona State, jokingly said. "Everybody is going to hate me. But other than that, it's going to be exciting."

Maly is the second recruit out of Waunakee's stellar football program in the past two seasons. In last year's recruiting cycle, UW took Jake Irwin, a defensive line prospect.

Maly, being just a year behind Irwin still keeps in touch with his former teammate.

"He's doing good," Maly said. "He loves it. I guess he's a smaller one out of the group. I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, I'm going to be so small.'

As the standout offensive weapon on a team highly regarded in division two (the second biggest in Wisconsin), Maly is casting aside any personal goals with hopes of achieving the team goals his coaches have laid out for them.

"Well we've got to take it one step at a time," Maly, who has nine receptions for 299 yards and five touchdowns on the season, said. "We've got to take our steps here. I don't know, we've got to take it one step at a time."

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