Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tony Anderson, #17

Tony Anderson
2011 Countdown: #61 Tony Anderson

HIGH SCHOOL
Anderson was an all-league wide receiver and an all-area defensive back at Redondo Beach (CA) Redondo Union.  He walked on to the football program at Michigan.

COLLEGE
Anderson had a pretty good career for a walk-on, playing in 23 career games from 2008 to 2011 and making 6 career tackles.  For the most part, he contributed only on special teams.  However, against Delaware State in 2009 and in the late part of the 2010 season, after several Michigan cornerbacks had left the team or suffered injuries, he played a little as a backup cornerback.  He finished out his career in 2011 playing in just one game, that being San Diego State.

CAREER STATS
6 total tackles

AWARDS
None.

SUMMARY
Anderson is the type of walk-on who can make a solid contribution to a football team through special teams coverage, playing on the practice squad, and occasionally helping out in a game situation.  With a couple cornerbacks nursing lingering injuries back in the spring of 2011, he was getting a lot of run with the first team defense.  And while that didn't translate into playing time during the regular season, he practiced capably and helped out the team by challenging the starting receivers.  To top it off, he seemed like a quality kid in a couple pre-season interviews and majored in Arab, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic studies and, if I remember correctly, originally came to Ann Arbor on an academic scholarship.  You probably couldn't ask for a better representative of the walk-on program.

PROJECTION
Anderson  was not invited to the NFL Combine but he did work out at Michigan's pro day in hopes of catching on as an undrafted free agent.  So far he has not been signed, and his football career is likely finished.

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