Aug. 26, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. -- - Sophomore running back Anthony Wilkerson was named the team's most outstanding freshman a year ago after running for 408 yards and three touchdowns. Preparing to take on a greater role in the offense this season, Anthony shared his thoughts about training camp, the depth at running back and his foray into yoga during the offseason.
Talk a little bit about the depth at the running back position?
"It's real deep, real competitive and we're pushing each other to get better every day. As long as we stay competitive I feel like we can be the best in the nation among running back groups and we're looking good."
What type of relationship do the running backs have as a group?
"On the field we're always trying to help each other with protections and every time we have a run we'll come back and ask the other guys if we missed a hole or anything. There's always some constructive criticism that helps make you better. Off the field, we're even better friends and we're always joking around and having fun."
How do your styles complement each other?
"All of us are different. Stepfan (Taylor) is more of a balanced runner, (Jeremy) Stewart is big and he gets in there and gets his yards, and Gaff (Tyler Gaffney) is also a power runner but he can break away. I feel like I bring a lot to the table, too. Ricky (Seale) and Jackson (Cummings) are looking good, we're all different but we all bring positive things to the football team. Andrew Luck is definitely part of the running game too."
How does a successful passing game help the running backs?
"It balances out our offense and it opens up the running game so when he's (Luck) passing we run, and when we can't run he passes the ball. We're making progress and the running game is getting there, but the passing game is always there with Andrew.""
How is camp different in your second year?
"Coming in as a freshman you don't know what to expect so camp seems like the hardest thing ever. This year I'm a little more accustomed to it but it hasn't changed much. Getting up at 7:00 a.m. and knowing you have to come back for more meetings is tough -- but it's all good."
How did you train this summer?
"I did some lifting, some running and even a little bit of yoga. It went alright but I'm not the most flexible guy around."