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McNeese State senior safety Malcolm Bronson. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)

McNeese State senior safety Malcolm Bronson. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)

McNeese star safety Bronson out for season

Last Modified: Friday, September 21, 2012 4:33 PM

By Alex Hickey / American Press

The career of one of the most decorated defensive backs in McNeese State history has come to an unfortunately early conclusion.

McNeese State sources confirmed Wednesday that senior free safety Malcolm Bronson is finished for the season and will undergo knee surgery. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Bronson was injured in the third quarter of Saturday’s 35-21 win over Weber State.

Bronson was a non-medical redshirt his first year out of high school, meaning this is his last year of eligibility. The website NFL Draft Scout has Bronson rated as the 10th-best free safety prospect in this year’s draft class, and he was named to the watch list for this year’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Bronson entered the season attempting to become the sixth player in Southland Conference history to be named first-team all-conference all four years of his career. His uncle Zack, who played for the San Francisco 49ers for seven years, is the only McNeese player to have accomplished the feat.

Bronson was also a preseason all-American and on the Buck Buchanan watch list for the award presented to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Bronson had nine unassisted tackles and two pass breakups for the Cowboys this season.

Behind Bronson on the depth chart is junior Ryan Bronson (6-1, 176), Zack Bronson’s younger brother. Bronson has seven tackles in three games, including three solos.

McNeese visits Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday for its SLC opener.

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