Faces in KS: Ty’Quez Agnew-Whitten

Ty'Quez Agnew-Whitten is looking for a huge senior season for Miege. (Kenneth Daniels)
By: Hunter Corneliusen w/ Chet Kuplen
Jul 16, 2019

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Throughout John Holmes tenure at Bishop Miege the Stags have had no shortage of individual talent and this year will be no different as the Stags are looking for their sixth straight 4A State Championship.

Even at a school with many great players Ty’Quez Agnew-Whitten stands out as he is set to be a rare four-year starter after transferring to Miege from Topeka High his sophomore year . In 2019 you can expect to see the athlete on both sides of the ball at running back and safety. 

Throughout his high school career Agnew-Whitten has done just about everything outside of taking tickets and selling popcorn on Friday night.

“I play primarily safety and running back,” he stated. “I’m also the backup QB, and I return kicks and punts, and sometimes I line up in the slot and play receiver.  I have played virtually every position except offensive and defensive line at the varsity level since I was a freshman including kicking the ball off my freshman year of school, so I can play anything.”

Agnew-Whitten’s efforts at both positions has brought him some well-deserved exposure during his high school career as he has earned 4A all-state and all-EKL honors as well as being named 810 Varsity Player of the year.

Last year he was very impressive on both sides of the ball as he rushed for six touchdowns, threw for a touchdown, returned a punt for a touchdown and had five interceptions along with a fumble recovery. The most impressive part about those stats is that he only played in seven games before an ACL injury ended his season.

Along with standing out on the football field Agnew-Whiten also participates on Miege’s basketball and track teams, he has a high jump PR of 6'4". This spring he has also considered Baseball if his schedule permits.

“I also do Basketball and Track,” Stated Agnew-Whiten. “Track I high jump and sprint.  I also love baseball. If I can do both I’d love to play baseball and compete in track for my senior year if they let me.

Standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing 207 pounds he definitely has the build to play at the next level. What is most impressive though is his speed as he has been clocked running a 4.5 40-yard dash.

Currently Agnew-Whitten is getting looks from colleges at all levels.

“I have had interest at every level (FBS, FCS, DII, NAIA, JUCO) but just a few offers,” he stated. “I visited Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, Tulsa, Kansas State and Missouri State in the spring. Most the schools I have spoken to really like my game, but they just want to see how bounce back from my injury. The plan is just to come back bigger, faster, stronger and more explosive and earn a D1 scholarship.”

As of now though Agnew-Whitten is focused on coming back from his injury and chasing down goals his team set. When asked about his goals for the upcoming season he stated, “To go undefeated, win the EKL, a state championship, be a team captain and make my teammates better and come back stronger from my torn ACL. I personally want to repeat as 810 Varsity Athlete of the Year, earn Player of the Year and All-State honors. I also want to win our team Bip award which is given to the player that hits someone the hardest in the season. I just want have the best season I can possibly have and earn a college scholarship.”

Miege returns 13 starters from last year’s team so experience will definitely be a strong point for the Stags.

When asked about what key players to watch for Agnew-Whitten mentioned that plenty of players will have a role this fall.

“Everyone on the team plays a key part to the success of the team from the starters to the backups to the managers. Individually Daniel Jackson, Brison Cobbins and Phillipe Wesley are homerun hitters that can score any time they touch the ball. Brian Burns is a dog that anchors our Oline. Rishi Rattan with me in the secondary.”

Agnew-Whitten in the Stags have a big fall ahead as Miege will begin their quest for their sixth straight state title on September 6th at 7:00 p.m. as they play host to Blue Valley North.

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Q&A w/ Agnew-Whitten

How did you get involved in football?

I started playing in the 1st grade when we were living in Lawrence, KS for the 2nd grade Lawrence Red Raiders. I was a very hyper and active as a kid so my mom thought that would be a great energy outlet. After that I played with a lot local club teams and tournament teams all over the state. When I was in middle school. My dad coached a semi-pro football team in the spring and I would practice with them and throw routes to their receivers and stuff. He would let me wear my pads in practice but they couldn’t tackle me or anything. Then in high school I played varsity and with Epic 7 7v7 my freshman and sophomore years in the spring.

What are your goals this season?

To go undefeated, win the EKL, a state championship,  be a team captain and make my teammates better  and come back stronger from my torn ACL. I personally want to repeat as 810 Varsity Athlete of the Year, earn Player of the Year and All-State honors. I also want to win our team  Bip award which is given to the player that hits someone the hardest in the season. I just want have the best season I can possibly have and earn a college scholarship.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

Definitely, we are aiming for our 6th straight championship. We have several returning starters and players coming back from injury and we’re extremely hungry.

What makes you such a force as a player?

Coach Holmes can basically line me up at any position on the field and that it makes it difficult for teams to game plan around what I can do as well as our other playmakers. I also have a very high football IQ. I played primarily QB most of my life so I can anticipate where the QB is throwing or what the offense is trying to do. I’m a very physical player. on defense I like to hit and on offense I’d rather truck someone than run around them.

What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?

Hype. Parents tailgate, the whole school comes out, and every team we play treats their game against like it is their state championship so we get everybody’s best.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

I feel I’m the most explosive and versatile player in Kansas. Come out and see

Who are other key players on your team?

Everyone on the team plays a key part to the success of the team from the starters to the backups to the managers. Individually Daniel Jackson, Brison Cobbins and Phillipe Wesley are homerun hitters that can score any time they touch the ball. Brian Burns is a dog that anchors our Oline. Rishi Rattan with me in the secondary.

Favorite thing about football?

The competition and the energy

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?

Basketball and Track. Track I high jump and sprint.  I also love baseball. If I can do both I’d love to play baseball and compete in track for my senior year if they let me. As far as football, I play primarily safety and running back, I’m also the backup QB, and I return kicks and punts, and sometimes I line up in the slot and play receiver.  I have played virtually every position except offensive and defensive line at the varsity level since I was a freshman including kicking the ball off my freshman year School so I can play anything.  

What is it like to play for your coach?

Coach Holmes is fun but competitive and works us really hard.

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

Our team works extremely hard in the off-season. We have morning weights and team clinics. We also did several 7v7s, tournaments, scrimmages and jamborees. Outside of mandatory team stuff we’ll get together and just try and perfect our craft or bond as a team.

After my injury I did primarily upper body work and went to rehab at 2-3x a week. I also did a bunch of exercises the therapist gave me to do at home. After I gained a little strength I did the ACL prevention course at KU Sports Performance Center which helped me get back into running and cutting. Now outside of school weights I’ll do a lot of different things or go to different people for a workout.  

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I have had interest at every level (FBS, FCS, DII, NAIA, JUCO) but just a few offers. I visited Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, Tulsa, Kansas State and Missouri State in the spring. Most the schools I have spoken to really like my game but they just want to see how bounce back from my injury. The plan is just to come back bigger, faster, stronger and more explosive and earn a D1 scholarship.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

Lift weights, play Fortnite and the trumpet

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

NFL

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

Math, 3.0

Who is your role model?

Mother. She’s a social worker by trade and does daily bible readings and prayer on 18th and Quindaro in Kansas City, KS.  She is extremely kind and generous to everyone.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

Red Lobster

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?

I like to play football but I don’t like to watch it and I play the trumpet in the school band. My mom wants me to play at halftime of our football games but I can’t .

Anything else to add?

My family is catholic. My dad is a assistant basketball and track coach at F.L. Schlagle High School.