Opelousas RB making a name for himself

Opelousas running back Quentin Malveaux posted excellent numbers as a junior, averaging almost 140 yards rushing per game. However, he toiled in relative obscurity for a 2-8 team that doesn't get a lot of media attention. Malveaux plans on greater success (both team and individual) in 2010 and he hopes to gain the attention of college recruiters in the process.

Running back Quentin Malveaux prospered last season in Opelousas' ground-based offense, which includes a steady diet of plays out of the split-back and I-formation sets. Through seven games, Malveaux rushed for 950 yards on 150 carries with seven touchdowns, and he expects to shoulder an even bigger load in 2010.

"I'll probably get around 18-to-20 carries a game," said Malveaux (5-foot-9, 175 pounds), who had to sit out a few weeks last year after getting dinged up with a quad injury. "The coaches want me to do more and they want me to lead the team. I'll do whatever it takes to win. I'll do whatever we need to win games."

Wins were in short supply last season for Opelousas, which struggled to a 2-8 mark, and the Tigers' schedule isn't any less daunting this year.

Malveaux will try to steal the spotlight in games this year vs. Northside (and RB Terrell Alfred), LaGrange (with RB Darius Edwards), and Cecilia (RB Montrel Carter).

"I think we can beat teams like Northside and Teurlings Catholic," said Malveaux. "Athletically, we're the same as those teams. We just have to click on the field and do what we're supposed to do in practice. Our defense will need to react well and that should happen, since we're more experienced now."

Malveaux, who says that he's run sub-4.4 times at camps, is hoping to generate interest with a big senior campaign.

"I would like to hear from UL (Louisiana), Louisiana Tech, Kansas State, McNeese State, Kansas State, and TCU," he said. "TCU is my favorite school. Louisiana Tech is one of the top Louisiana schools, and I could see myself playing there. I have family in the Ruston area."

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