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Moe Williams showed “underrated” Anthony White how to work to succeed in college

Anthony White, center, with Van Hiles


Anthony White finished his Kentucky football career rushing for 1,758 yards and 11 touchdowns on 364 carries and caught 194 passes for 1,520 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 5.9 yards per touch and amassed 3,278 yards from scrimmage from 1996-1999.

“Being from Ohio, I was a Michigan fan. Back then they were turning out running backs left and right,” White said. “I actually came to Kentucky to play for (coach) Bill Curry without much real knowledge of the SEC.

“I had never heard of (UK running back) Moe Williams. Then I watched this guy’s work ethic. He showed me what it would take to succeed in college and he was taking a bruising. I thought, ‘Can I take that?’ It was not all peaches and cream when I first came to Kentucky. It was three yards and clouds of dust.”

White even moved to defensive back when he got to UK. He remembers Curry having seven running backs and Jay Parks of Harrodsburg volunteered to move from running back to defensive back where UK was short of depth. White agreed to make the same move — but he didn’t know Parks also played defense at Harrodsburg High School.

“I tried it, so the first half of my freshman season I played defense until running backs started getting hurt,” White said.

Curry was fired and then Hal Mumme took over as head coach. That enabled White’s career to flourish playing for Mumme and with quarterback Tim Couch.

“I don’t think I’m the best to have played running back at UK. I think saying maybe underrated is a better description,” White said. “I did my job but I was on a team with a wealth of athletes. If I got the ball, my first plan was to get a first down and then let my athletic ability take over. I think that’s one thing Tim really liked about me. He knew I would keep the chains moving for him.”

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