Playing only one half of football in Waunakee's 48-7 victory over Stoughton Friday, the Warriors (7-0, 4-0 Northern Badger) scored on the ground, off the punt return and on the kickoff return. But dropping two of the four passes thrown his way, Maly knows he has to get better before coming to the University of Wisconsin.
"Nobody on this team gets their head down, but I have to admit I did tonight," Maly told Badger Nation after registering one catch for 22 yards. "Luckily this offense has confidence in me and never gives up on me."
The drops aren't an indication of how good of a season is has been for Maly. An all-conference selection leading Waunakee to the Division 2 state championship last season, Maly has equaled last year catch total (13), bypassed his yards (465) and his scores (8) and has added 20 pounds to his frame.
The big boost has come from a change in the weight room and a heavy dose of confidence since committing to the Badgers.
"I was going to go to so many camps to try and get to the next level and get a free education," Maly said. "I am still working hard, but now I am working harder because I know that I am going to playing at a great school like Wisconsin.
"It's all about the confidence. I know I can go out and make the big play, so I go all out for all I can. Sometimes you are going to drop a ball, but you really can't get down on yourself."
Maly, a three-star tight end and ranked No.50 in the country by Scout.com, picked the Badgers on May 25 over offers from Illinois State and Western Michigan and growing interest from Arizona, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon and Oregon State.
"It's been awesome," Maly said of being a UW commit. "I go to games with Sam Arneson and Jake Keefer and we have a lot of fun. We joke around and have a good connection. Coach Rudolph comes over before the game and asks us how we are doing. Coach Rudolph is just a straight forward, honest guy and we have a great connection because we see eye to eye."
With two weeks left in the high school football regular season and the Warriors been favorites to make it back to Camp Randall, Maly is focused on making sure he's not the weak point of the offense, this season or next season.
"I need to be ready for every play, my blocking has to get better and I have to go up and get the ball on every pass attempt," Maly said. "I missed a block or two and lost a couple passes, which never should happen for me. Blocking and catching are keys for me to be a good player."
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