"Up Close" with Malik Eugene
Malik Eugene hopes to help rebuild a Florida Atlantic defense that struggled last season giving up almost 220 yards a game rushing. The 6’3” 240 pound Eugene is slated to start at strong-side linebacker positions for the Owls.
With 10 starts last season for the Owls and playing time in 12, Eugene recorded 34 tackles throughout the year and recovered three fumbles. His best game came in the season opener at Nebraska, in which he had five tackles, a pass break up, and a quarterback hurry.
Born in Brooklyn New York, Eugene played high school football in Tampa Florida at Freedom High School where he earned All-County honors after a 13-sack senior season. Eugene also played high school basketball and averaged 15-points a game.
A consistent hard worker academically, Eugene graduated high school with a 4.1 GPA, after taking many Advanced Placement and honors classes for college credit. "I was always going to go to college," remarked Eugene "even if it wasn't for football."
What is your favorite food?
“My favorite food is my mom’s lasagna, when I come home she makes it.”
What is your pet peeve?
“I really don’t have one.”
Who is your current off the field role model?
What are you most proud of?
“I got one more class in the fall, and I’m about to graduate, I’m pretty proud of that.”
What is your major?
“Marketing Management. I want to open up by own promotional business.”
What is your Faith?
“I pray every night.”
Line of scrimmage
What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?
“Persistence and endurance. I’m going to keep coming at you.”
What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?
“I need to be more sound, more nasty and being more mean.”
Down the field
Besides football, what brought you to FAU?
“It’s a nice area and I like the palm trees.”
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
“My personal goals are my team goals and that would be to go bowling and win the conference.”
What game are you looking forward to the most next season?
“I’m looking forward to all of them, but if I had to pick one it would be USF because I’m from Tampa. All of my family and friends are going to be there, so that should be fun.”
What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?
"I play alot of Call of Duty online. I'm the best on the team."
Coming up, our next player was a member of the National Honors Society and Beta club while in high school.