Anthony Burnett, Mt. Vernon RB
The six-foot-1, 195-pound senior is the favorite to earn Hancock County Offensive Player of the Year honors, as he boasts a county-best 796 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns (14 rushing) to his credit, including a 99-yard TD sprint against Yorktown. Burnett has scored at least two touchdowns in every game so far and is averaging over 12 yards per tote.
Spencer Gilbert, Eastern Hancock RB
Though the Royals sport a strong aerial attack, Gilbert has been the Royals’ rock on offense, carrying the ball 81 times this season, more than anyone else in county, something also did in 2011 with 198 rushes. The sophomore is also the area’s second-leading rusher with 494 yards.
Tyler Dicks, Mt. Vernon RB
Sensing a running back theme? Dicks is the yin to Burnett’s yang in the MV ground game, gaining 462 yards on 40 carries, good for an average dash of 11.6 yards every time he carries the pigskin. Dicks doubles as the Marauders home-run threat; he has four TDs of 60 or more yards, including a 73-yard punt return.
Collin Hill, New Palestine RB
With starter Matt Siergiej battling a leg injury, the senior has become the Dragons’ workhorse, with 24, 20 and 20 carries in New Palestine’s past three games and has tallied 438 yards so far in 2012.
“He provides an example to others that if you stick with it and work hard, good things happen for you,” NP coach Charlie Hill said.
Brant Boles-Lattimore, Greenfield-Central RB
BBL owns the top yards per carry average (13.0) in the county for players with at least 20 rushes and has seen time at quarterback, running back and receiver.