Oregon State running back Malcolm Agnew will transfer to Southern Illinois, the Salukis athletic department announced Monday.

Agnew was the third-string ball carrier last season for the Beavers and began his career as the starter his true freshman season in 2011.

He fell down the depth chart due to recurring hamstring injuries and fumble issues. He had 63 carries for 283 yards last season.

Agnew played two seasons for the Beavers and ran for 692 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 4.6 yards a carry.

His first game was against Sacramento State when he ran for 223 yards and three TDs, but was was hurt most of the rest of the season.

Agnew has three years to play two seasons for the Salukis, but will be eligible to play this fall since Southern Illinois is a Football Championship Subdivision school.

He joins is brother, Ray, who is the team's fullback. This move is closer to home for Agnew, who grew up in St. Louis.

The Beavers return starting running back Storm Woods and primary backup Terron Ward. Chris Brown, who redshirted as a freshman last season, is also on the roster.

Cliff Kirkpatrick covers Oregon State sports for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at cliff.kirkpatrick@lee.net.

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