MOORHEAD, MS – Clarksdale native Malcolm Curry is no stranger to nature, trees and outdoors. Last season when he arrived to play football at Mississippi Delta, it was an easy transition for him as he was able to embrace being in a
remote place - much similar to his hometown.
Referring to the Trojans campus and surrounding areas, "It's like being at home," said Curry. Located in the middle of nowhere, all there is to do is football and school. But the wilderness is the least of his concerns, as school and football are his main priorities.
At Clarksdale High, Curry invested much of his time to his books and studies than he did football. Considered a student-athlete, he held a 3.2 grade point average. However, as the team's running back, he did not run up gaudy stats as many expected of himexected him ee. Although he was listed at No. 2 on the rushing leaders list, he ended his high school football career rushing for only a total of 627 yards on 148 carries for five touchdowns.
Wanting a collegiate start at the JUCO level, he received offers from schools such as Itawamba, Coahoma, Northwest, and Co-Lin among others, but chose to sign with Mississippi Delta instead.
"It was the best choice for me. It was the best decision to make," said Curry. "I feel at home. I came here to try and turn things around for the program," stated Curry when asked about suiting up for the Trojans.
Coming from a long lineage of family full of talent and athleticism, Curry is the younger cousin of brothers Jordan Harris-Williams and Darren Williams, whom he credits as his inspiration. "He was one of the top players coming out of high school," Curry said of his late cousin Darren. "He got killed when I was young so that just fueled my fire." Darren was a defensive back for Mississippi State from 2002-04 before he was killed in Atlanta in 2006.
His cousin Jordan, a former star linebacker for Iowa State and Louisiana Tech, plans to enter the 2017 NFL Draft this year. "I've been conducting workouts with my cousin Jordan. He's preparing for the draft," stated Curry. "It's not everyday that people get to workout with future draft prospects. So that is only going to make me better."
Since the season ended, things have definitely picked up for him in the offseason, both on the field and in the classroom. "My life has been busy with academics and football," Curry told TG Sports in a recent interview.
Most of his time is spent between study halls – spending about 3 hours daily in the books outside of class – and the rest studying playbooks and practicing to become better.
Dressing out at the running back position in his freshman season, Curry realized early that he has to show improvements by the fall as he wasn't included in much of the coach's plans last season.
Playing linebacker and running back in high school has shown us that he has the ability to play on both sides of the ball. His versatility allows for him to be put in different places to make plays. "I have the ability to catch the ball out the backfield, run in between the tackles, and drop the shoulder if needed," Curry noted. "I can line up with any linebacker in the slot and find the open route."
But Malcolm Curry knows he have his work cut out for him when he returns to the gridiron next season.
Knowing his weaknesses, he is looking to have a great sophomore campaign as more experience will come and intense training has taken place and will continue before the season begins. "I plan to continue with more agility workouts. I need to get my feet quicker as I plan to get stronger, bigger, and faster," he said of his plan to improve before next season.
The team faced a lot of adversity last season as the team finished with a 1-8 record. Because of how last season ended, the Trojans are out for revenge as they will have a point to prove come September.
At 5'9, 220 pounds, Curry runs a 4.7 on the 40-yard dash as he is bench pressing 275 and is able to squat 365. Wanting to grow as a player, he took Coach Tatum up on his offer and embarked on a journey with the Trojans hoping to change things.
What sets him apart from his counterparts is his ability to create separation despite not having the most speed. Being able to matchup against the defense and run routes showcases his talents and potential to become great at the fullback position.
"Sometimes, a JUCO product needs time to get his grades in order, while other times he may just need some seasoning before making the leap to Division I football," stated Jaleesa Collins of TG Sports on why players make the
decisions to choose JUCO over D1 schools.
As a freshman, Curry saw much playing time, but did not see the ball in his hands as much as he had hoped. Not quite a fully developed running back yet, Mississippi Delta is definitely a great place for him to develop his skills as Coach Tatum and staff is working to build his game.
When it comes to next season's goals, the sophomore has high hopes for the team. "I just want to be the best player I can be," Curry mentioned. "Most of all, I want to win and at least make it to a Bowl Game. We are training to become better athletes so we can win more. As a team, we've made a lot of progress."
Curry is slated to graduate with his Associate's degree this upcoming December. Looking to advance to the next level, he has already been in talks with coaches and scouts at schools such as West Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State. "I am talking to coaches and setting my name out there properly," said Curry of one day taking his talents to play at the Division I collegiate level.
For any teams looking for a hardworking and punctual guy with a passion for helping his teammates out, then Curry is the man for the job. Coaches and scouts can expect a team player who wants to turn a program around and consistently keep a program up.
You all can check him out this upcoming season rocking the No. 3 on his jersey. But before the season starts, look out for him on April 3rd as he will be playing in the Trojans' Spring Game at Jim Randall Stadium.