One of the surprises from the 2011 recruiting class turned out to be freshman tight end Rory Anderson.
His tall, but slender, frame looked like it would keep him on the redshirt list to start the season. However, Anderson played out of necessity and was a nice surprise for the Gamecocks over the course of the season.
Anderson's freshman totals looked like this:
- 2011 - 8 catches for 188 yards with three touchdowns
He had a high yards per catch average last season and scored touchdowns on nearly 38 percent of his receptions from last season. While it's unlikely he can continue that pace as he becomes a bigger part of the offense, he should increase his total production from a year ago.
If you take his averages from the six games he had a reception, and expand to a full season, his numbers could look like this:
- Receptions: 17
- Receiving Yards: 407
- Receiving Touchdowns: 7
Now, the receiving yards seem like a realistic number for Anderson this season. The receptions may be a bit misleading though. It doesn't seem likely that Anderson will keep up his incredible yards per catch average, but he should see an increased number of receptions in 2012. The receiving touchdowns seem a bit high as well.
The Gamecocks also have several young talented tight ends who could work their way into the rotation, which could limit Anderson's production. The good thing about Anderson is his height and deceptive speed could allow him to line up in the slot as a wide receiver while another tight end is on the field.
Realistically, I would expect Anderson to finish with around 28 catches for 380 yards with four receiving touchdowns.