Salpointe senior running back Anthony Wilhite II is another in a long line of standout running backs with the Lancers who is carving his own niche with this year’s team.
Wilhite, quarterback Treyson Bourguet and the other seniors have took on the responsibility of being capable leaders and that shows in Eric Rogers’ team winning six straight games heading into Friday’s 5A quarterfinal game at home with a 9-2 record against Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep (8-3).
— Anthony Wilhite II ✞ (@anthony_wilhite) November 21, 2021
What separates Wilhite is his determination — he finally is the featured back after playing behind Bijan Robinson and David Cordero the last couple of years — and his straightforward running style with the ability to gain positive yards virtually every time he touches the ball.
He is mostly a durable north-south runner but he has the athletic ability to gain yards on the perimeter. He has gained 1,160 yards on 177 carries with 17 touchdowns this season.
Wilhite, Cordero, Robinson followed the likes of Mario Padilla, Dominic Salaz, Taylor Powell, Jay Williams, Cam Denson and Johnny Pena in the backfield at Salpointe.
I was able to spend a few minutes with him before practice to talk about his past, this season and his future in our latest podcast:
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