But his teammates
have treated him well. "I don't think he ever lit any of them up in the
paper," says his friend Kevin Merfeld, the Daily Trojan sports editor.
Malcolmson is now
lifting weights and eating six meals a day. And that doesn't include the
massive playbook that he has to digest. "It isn't glamorous at all,"
says Malcolmson, who gained 11 pounds in his first 10 days of practice.
"It's hard work."
In his fourth
practice of the spring, Malcolmson took a helmet-to-helmet hit that broke his
chinstrap in half. "I don't remember too much about it," he says.
"Except that it felt kind of ... good."
And just last week
Malcolmson had surgery to repair the right labrum he tore while separating his
shoulder while blocking. "These are guys who will be in the NFL in a few
years," he says, flattered to be flattened by them. Oddly, the only
downside of his new life is the press. "I don't like the spotlight,"
says Malcolmson. "It's awkward getting all this attention as the
ninth-string wide receiver."
And while he
doesn't have a girlfriend, he'll get a lot more handsome on Sept. 16, when the
Trojans host Nebraska at the Coliseum. "I can feel it now," says
Malcolmson. "Running out of the tunnel for the first time, with 92,000
people screaming, and I'm in the same cardinal-and-gold uniform that legends
Four months later
his carriage will turn back into a pumpkin. This wide receiver, bless his
heart, still wants to become a sportswriter.
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