Eno Benjamin, a former standout running back for Wylie East High School, struck a balance between learning and leading for Arizona State’s football team over the past two seasons.

Sportswriters chose the 5-foot-10, 201-pound Wylie native as the AP Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year after a “monster senior season,” according to his official Arizona bio. That final high-school year included rankings on Rivals.com at 71st place overall, fifth place nationally among running backs,  and ninth statewide. The Wylie High statistics tell the rest of the story: 7,546 yards and 111 touchdowns over “his spectacular four-year varsity career.”

As a 2017 freshman, Benjamin played in 10 games, with 23 carries for 142 yards, and one touchdown. Last year, Benjamin listed on 2018 Doak Walker Pre-season Watch List in part for his “great vision and footwork…tremendous lower body strength” and ability as a “dynamic play maker with the ball in his hands.”