D1A Player of the Week – Anthony Spencer

D1A Rugby: D1A Player of the Week – Anthony Spencer

BOULDER, Colo. – After dropping a tough match to Colorado State Feb. 7, the University of Arizona got back to its winning ways against Wyoming in Las Vegas this past weekend. The 45-28 victory over the Cowboys saw several of the Wildcats’ backline players play well, but none more than 2014 Honorable Mention All-American Anthony Spencer.

“He looked to push the tempo in attack and was electric – scoring two long tries and gave us great front-foot ball whenever he got his hands on it,” Head Coach Sean Duffy said of his senior wing. “He’s grown into an outstanding offloader as well, and that’s been the next step in his development.”

Spencer dotted down once in the first half, but the 14th-ranked Wildcats still found themselves in a tight battle with Wyoming, and went into halftime tied, 21-21. Arizona went on to dominate the second half, and it was Spencer who got them on the board to open the second stanza with his second score. From there, the Wildcats ran away with a 17-point win.

With a background in track and field, Spencer didn’t pick up a rugby ball until last season and ended up leading Arizona in tries over the 2013-14 campaign.

A local product out of Tucson, Ariz., Spencer is majoring in History.