Tom Malone was born on March 29, 1984 ... Was a punter and placekicker at Temescal Canyon High in Lake Elsinore (Calif.) ... Averaged 43.4 yards per punt in 2001 and 9 of his 38 punts pinned opponents inside the 10-yard line ... Also kicked 46- and 47-yard field goals in 2001 ... As a junior in 2000, he made the All-CIF Division V first team while averaging 41.5 yards per punt ... Also played wide receiver and holds the school record in the 200 meters ... Was the subject of the malone4heisman.com website created by some USC fans in 2004 ... Was a political science major at USC.
Malone, 22, was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent on May 5, 2006, and was released on June 29. The 6-foot, 205-pound punter played for the University of Southern California from 2002-05, where he recorded a 44.0-yard career punting average and placed 95 of his 185 career punts inside the 20-yard line. Malone was a two-time semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award - given to the nation’s top punter - and set a school record in 2003 by averaging 49.0 yards per punt.
Played four seasons at USC from 2002-05 ... Malone's 44.1 career punting average (on 183 punts) shares the USC record and is just shy of the all-time Pac-10 mark ... Fiftysix of his 183 career punts traveled at least 50 yards and 95 pinned opponents within the 20-yard line ... As a senior, appeared in 11 games and averaged 41.7 yards on 30 punts, including 11 within the 20-yard line and 5 traveling 50 yards ... As a junior, appeared in all 13 games, averaged 43.8 yards on 49 punts ... Was a semifinalist for the 2004 Ray Guy Award ... Was 1 of 10 semifinalists for the 2003 Ray Guy Award and made the AP All-American second team ... He was named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 first team ... His 49.0 punting average broke the USC season record by 3.4 yards.
Tom Malone was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent (5/5/06) ... Released by the 49ers (6/29/06) ... Signed to the Patriots' practice squad (12/20/06) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (1/23/07) ... Released by the Patriots (8/22/07) ... Signed to the Patriots' practice squad (9/10/08) ... Released from the Patriots' practice squad (9/15/08) ... Re-signed to the Patriots' practice squad (11/26/08) ... Signed by the Patriots to a future contract (12/30/08) ... Released by the Patriots (5/5/09) ... Re-signed by the Patriots (6/1/09).