#39 Tom Malander | Linebacker
Hometown: Belgrade, Neb.
Previous School: Fullerton
Major: Business Administration
2012 Honorable Mention All-GPAC
2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete
2011 Honorable Mention All-GPAC
2011 OWH NAIA All-Nebraska Team Honorable Mention
Malander made exactly 52 tackles for the third straight year, ranking eighth on the team...recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one pass breakup, and two forced fumbles...came up with a season high seven tackles on two occasions - 10-13-2012 vs. Northwestern and 10-20-12 vs. Nebraska Wesleyan...forced fumbles vs. Northwestern and vs. Midland on 10-27-12...plucked his only interception vs. Dakota Wesleyan on 9-8-12...earned Honorable Mention All-GPAC and NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors.
Had a strong year for the Bulldogs at the linebacker position...tied for fifth on the team with 52 tackles...tied for the team lead with 12 tackles for loss...also recorded three sacks, two pass break ups and two forced fumbles on the year...made nine tackles and forced a fumble vs. Doane College on 11-12-11...also forced a fumble vs. Nebraska Wesleyan on 10-22-11...earned All-GPAC honorable mention honors...picked up honorable mention honors for the Omaha World Herald's NAIA All-Nebraska Team.
Prepped at Fullerton High School in Fullerton, Nebraska under coach Ryan Haughton for four years ... Earned four varsity letters ... Captain for one year ... Was academic all-state, all-state honorable mention, second team all-heartland and first team all-district ... Had 12 touchdowns his senior year and was the team leader in tackles ... Made it to the state playoffs sophomore and senior year ... Also participated in basketball for four years, track for four years and baseball ... Earned two medals at state for track and field ... Was in the National Honor Society, Roll of Excellence and awarded the Citizenship Award.
Born December 11 in Albion, Nebraska ... Son of Bob and Sue Malander ... Has five older siblings, three brothers and two sisters.