Friday, February 17, 2012
Top performances 2011: Malcolm Agnew
By Kevin Gemmell
We're looking at the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2011.
Up next: Malcolm up the middle.
Who & against whom: Oregon State true freshman running back Malcolm Agnew made a splash in his collegiate debut against Sacramento State, looking very much like the replacement back to Jacquizz Rodgers.
The numbers: Agnew broke loose for 223 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries. Two of the touchdown runs came in the fourth quarter and the third -- a 17-yard score -- came in overtime.
A closer look: One problem. Oregon State lost. And to an FCS team no less. Sacramento State opted for a 2-point conversion in overtime, which it converted to lock up the 29-28 upset win. If you can get over that fact, then you shouldn't let it damper a very good debut by an up-and-coming back in the conference. If you can't, it's understandable. Sacramento State (4-7, 3-5 Big Sky) didn't exactly go on to do great things last season. Unfortunately for Agnew, this was as good as it was going to get in 2011. Injuries kept him out of six games -- though he did bounce back briefly to rush for 103 yards and a score against Washington State. Coach Mike Riley said hopes Agnew will be at full speed for spring ball and if the Beavers get their offensive line situated, Agnew could be one of the more intriguing backs to keep an eye on in the coming years.