Prosper High football coach Brandon Schmidt holds senior star running back Wayne Anderson up to his younger Eagles as a shining example of what the right attitude, focus and commitment can result in.

“From Day 1, Wayne has sat out to do everything we’ve asked of him,” Schmidt, now in his third season as head coach, told Texas Scorecard of his versatile star, who was tabbed for all-district honors this season on the strength of 1,524 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns after earning the same high distinction as a junior from his then-cornerback position.”

“He’s the epitome of a team player,” Schmidt added of the Furman University bound battler. “He’s just what you want and hope for in a student athlete. Really just an all-around great kid.”

After leading the Eagles to a 9-3 finish this season, Schmidt said Anderson’s contributions will definitely be missed going forward, but given how he always sought to achieve he’s hopeful Prosper won’t miss a beat.

“Wayne leads by example,” he said. “His demeanor is that of a hard worker committed to whatever needs to be done for the good of everyone. He’s a guy who loved to come to school, loved to come to practice and loved to compete in everything he did. I think the guys will want to emulate that. You can say to them ‘look at how Wayne did things’ and look at what it’s meant for him.”

At Furman, Schmidt said he isn’t sure how coaches plan to maximize Anderson’s talents, but he’s certain he won’t have much trouble fitting in.

“I think he’ll be a running back, but I’ve told coaches he could play either position,” he said. “I know they’ve talked about how they love that he can score on any play from anywhere on the field. That’s the kind of player he is and I couldn’t be happier for him.”