Malone receives Nickolich Award – West Virginia University Athletics


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University offensive lineman Nick Malonea red-shirted junior from Morgantown, West Virginia, is the winner of the 2022 Tommy Nickolich Memorial Award, presented by the Blue & Gold News.

Each spring, the Blue & Gold News presents the Tommy Nickolich Memorial Award to a team member who has distinguished himself through his attitude and work ethic. The award is given in memory of Tommy Nickolich, a former WVU player (1979-82) who died of cancer in 1983.

Malone is in his fourth year as a member of the football team and has made his mark as a valuable member of the offensive line. He played in all 13 games in 2021 and got a start against Oklahoma State. He added depth at tackle and was also slotted in as an extra lineman for power situations.

Thanks to his hard work, he has progressed and seen his playing time increase each season. He was used on a season-high 37 snaps against Long Island last year and had two knockdowns against the Sharks.

Malone specializes in entrepreneurship and innovation and has earned spots on WVU’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and Big 12 Commissioner Honor Roll.

Past Nickolich Prize winners:
1991 Keith Taparausky, RB
1992 Brett Parise, WR
1993 Matt McCulty, WR
1994 Randy Fulmore, DB
1995 Rob Keys, DB
1996 Matt Ceresa, OL
1997 David Lightcap, DB
1998Mark Corman, TE
1999 Bryan Lorenz, LB
2000 Ben Collins, LB
2001 Jeremy Knapp, TE
2002 Moe Fofana, RB
2003 John Pennington, WR
2004 Jeff Noechel, LB
2005 George Shehl, H/DB
2006 Tim Lindsey, LS
2007 Andy Emery, LB
2008 Adam Hughes, LS
2009 Josh Taylor, DL
2010 Matt Lindamood, FB
2011 Ryan NehlenWR
2012 Tyler Anderson, DE
2013 Connor Arlia, WR
2014 Michael Calicchio, OL
2015 Justin Arndt, LB
2016 Jon Lewis, DL
2017 Nick MeadowsLS
2018 Evan StaleyK
2019 Jake Abbott, LB
2020 Osman KamaraS
2021 Graeson MalachevitchWR/H

2022 Nick MaloneOL


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