2008 turned out to be a season of redemption in a lot of ways for both Ben and his teammates as the Longhorns posted a 12-2 mark and established themselves as a state power to stay. Malena lived up to the hype as he stayed injury free and the 5'10 200 pound junior rattled off 2202 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns along with over 300 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. Those eye popping numbers earned Malena first team Class 5A all-state honors.
"I'd describe myself as a complete back, I can do it all. I can run inside, outside, pick up the blitz and catch the ball," said Malena when describing his game. Ben currently holds 11 offers but he's got it narrowed down to five schools. Texas A&M, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Baylor and Wisconsin are the finalists for the Cedar Hill back, but one school appears to have the inside track. "Texas A&M is my favorite right now, everything about that school just seems right. I get along great with the coaches, they've made me feel at home. The academics are first rate and the facilities are unreal," said Malena when describing the A&M experience.
This summer expect Malena to camp at Texas A&M and he'll keep busy with Cedar Hill's seven on seven squad as well. The decision for the future Mechanical Engineering major will likely come down very soon as Malena's preference is to have the decision completed before spring practice begins for CHHS.
Ben's goals for 2009 are even higher, "I want to rush for 3000 yards this year, I think if we play all 16 games I've got a shot to do that. The most important thing for this year is not individual goals, its getting that ring."