Stepped in at starting running back in the regular
season finale against Texas after injuries to Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael
… responded with 83 yards on 25 carries, both easily career highs …
was the only running back to carry the ball against the Longhorns … started
in the bowl game and contributed 23 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns,
and six catches for 36 yards ... finished the year with 259 yards and
four touchdowns on 67 carries … saw action in all 13 games with two starts
… had 10 catches out of the backfield for 52 yards, including a seven-yard
TD against Texas … also contributed three kickoff returns for 63 yards with
a long of 21 yards.
Saw limited action at running back and kickoff returner
… had three returns for 46 yards, with a long of 21 yards.
Coached by Joey McGuire at Cedar Hill High School ...
ran for 722 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior (2009) ... a first-team alldistrict
and SuperPrep Southwest Team selection ... also caught 11 passes
for 161 yards ... was a second-team all-state honoree as a junior (2008)
after totaling 2,202 yards on the ground with 35 TDs ... also named the
district's offensive MVP and named to the All-Dallas Area second team by
The Dallas Morning News ... chose Texas A&M over offers from Kansas and
Benjamin Malena is the son of Renee and Ben Malena of
Cedar Hill, Texas ... born May 29, 1992 ... undecided on a major.