|Tony Anderson (#17)|
Name: Tony Anderson
Weight: 192 lbs.
High school: Union High School in Redondo Beach, CA
Class: Redshirt senior
Jersey number: #17
Last year: I didn’t rank Anderson. He made 4 tackles on special teams.
Anderson is one of those walk-on kids Rich Rodriguez brought in who actually made an impact in recent years. The walk-on program has been somewhat successful in the past few seasons, producing the likes of safety Jordan Kovacs, linebacker Kevin Leach, fullback John McColgan, defensive end Will Heininger, and special teams savants Zac Johnson and the aforementioned Anderson. Last season #17 played in 11 games, mostly on kick coverage. That seemed to be a pretty good accomplishment, but then . . .
. . . this past spring nobody wanted to claim the starting cornerback job. Troy Woolfolk and J.T. Floyd were both still hurt from last season, Terrence Talbott was having commitment issues, Cullen Christian was avoiding tackling, and Greg Brown was an early enrollee freshman. That left returning part-time starter Courtney Avery and Anderson to be the #1 cornerback tandem. And from what I saw, Anderson didn’t do too badly. He wasn’t a standout, but he played decently and successfully defended Darryl Stonum on a lofted pass to the endzone in the spring game. I doubt his spot on the depth chart will carry over into the 2011 regular season, but he’s given a valiant effort and shown that he can help out in a pinch. The healthy return of Woolfolk and Floyd – plus some talented incoming freshmen – will probably relegate Anderson to the bench.
Prediction: Special teams contributor; backup cornerback
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