Bryan Anderson: The Best College Football Player You've Never Heard of?
At 6'5'', Bryan Anderson has several advantages over his competition.
The Central Michigan senior wideout is one of the first players to know when it is raining, and the crowd has an easy time recognizing him on the field.
Anderson may be able to stand out in a crowd, but the media must be looking for him at all the wrong places.
Heading into this season, Anderson needs only 379 receiving yards to become the all-time leader at CMU. He is already first in school history with 226 receptions and 21 touchdown receptions.
Anderson ranks 10th in receptions in Mid-American Conference history, and he currently owns the longest streak in the FBS with at least one catch in 40 consecutive games.
Since redshirting in 2005, Anderson has been a productive starter for the Chippewas. That is quite an accomplishment for a player who started out as a walk-on.
Anderson's best season to date occurred in 2007.
That year, Anderson caught 90 passes for 1,132 yards and a single-season school record 10 touchdowns. The 90 receptions rank Anderson second for most in one season at Central Michigan, and he caught at least 10 passes in a game three times.
For his efforts, Anderson was voted second-team All-MAC and the team's most valuable receiver.
Despite injuries to quarterback Dan LeFevour last season, Anderson still had a productive campaign. He caught 63 passes for 865 yards and six touchdowns. Anderson averaged 13.7 yards per catch while grabbing 15 receptions of 20 yards or more.
Although his statistics decreased, Anderson's status within the conference increased as he was named first-team All-MAC.
As a freshman, Anderson totaled 867 receiving yards on 73 receptions. Anderson caught eight passes in a game four times and had three consecutive games with at least 100 yards receiving.
Sporting News selected Anderson as a first-team Freshman All-America, and he was a first-team All-MAC honoree.
Extra film study and hard work have enabled Anderson to become a well-rounded player. He started his career at CMU as a slot receiver because he was a poor route runner.
After hours of film study and practice, Anderson now lines up primarily as an outside receiver. He also has developed some versatility. He can be a finesse guy if defensive backs play off of him, or a physical player if the defense plays bump-and-run.
Anderson's strong work ethic extends beyond the football field. He is majoring in biomedical sciences and has a 3.31 GPA. He has twice been an Academic All-MAC selection.
Anderson is poised to have another excellent season for Central Michigan. The question is whether the media is ready to take notice of an individual who is hard to miss.
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