Auvic White poses for a photo with teammates after signing a football scholarship with Hendrix College. Photo by Jennifer Tyler

Adversity is a word that gets thrown around a lot, particularly in the sports world.

Whenever a team wins a championship, players and coaches almost always talk about all the “adversity” they faced throughout the course of the season. Sometimes it seems like legitimate adversity, other times it sounds more like cliched rhetoric.

Well, the road that led to Class of 2022 Munford High School running back Auvic White signing a football scholarship with Hendrix College was certainly littered with legitimate adversity.


When he was 14 his mom went to jail and, according to White, his stepfather kicked him out of the house. He went to live with a friend for a while. In March of 2020 he moved in with the family of teammate Jake Bradley and stayed there for the rest of his high school career.

White is a very religious guy who always mentions God when he’s asked a question.

“You know me, I’m a man of God,” White said. “At the end of the day I’m going to go wherever I feel like he’s leading me. I did a bunch of praying, a bunch of fasting. I asked for clarity as far as where he wanted me to go.”

When pushed for more insight about his drive to play in college, White talked about his unique family situation.

“My mom dropped out of school in the eighth grade. That motivated me to want to make it college. It was bigger than just football for me. I wanted to break the generational curse and be the first one from my family to graduate from high school and graduate from college.”

White was named the Region 8-5A most valuable player last season for the second straight year after rushing for 1,723 yards and 23 touchdowns on 243 carries. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of the past three seasons and helped the Cougars win region titles in 2020 and 2021.

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