Started in eight games as a running back, and played in all 13 … produced 919 all-purpose yards to break 1,000 on his career in both total offense and rushing … had 111 receiving yards, including a season-long 23-yard catch at Mississippi State … rushed a career-high 138 times for 808 yards on the year and had two 100-yard performances, gaining 142 yards at Ole Miss and 112 at Mississippi State … had a career-long 59-yard touchdown rush against the Rebels … caught an 11-yard TD pass against Arkansas … matched a career-high two touchdowns against South Carolina State … also scored against LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State and Missouri to total 7 TDs on the year.
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 … started in the bowl game and contributed 23 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns with 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 all-district 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 Texas Tech.
Benjamin Malena is the son of Renee and Ben Malena of Cedar Hill, Texas ... born May 29, 1992 ... recreation, parks, and tourism science major.