With several wide receivers now in their junior year and four newcomers, Ottowa Anderson is the dean of the unit as the lone senior at the position. After missing last season on academic suspension, Anderson hasn’t taken long to make an impact, not only as a wideout, but in what has become his bread and butter, special teams.
In special teams drills Sunday, Anderson was clearly one of the standouts, earning ongoing praise from coaches across the field. Already a part of four special teams units, Anderson wants to get on the field any way he can. And he knows that when you play for Al Groh, excelling at special teams will get you noticed in a hurry.
“Right now I’m just trying to teach the young guys, help them out and bring them along and put in good work on special teams,” Anderson said. “I look forward to special teams.”
After last year’s tribulations, Anderson says he’s been focused on his priorities and trying not to get fat. He’s been attending summer school since May and has come back in a frame of mind that is “more hungry, more relaxed and more focused.”
Youth will be served
The receiving corps isn’t the only place where there is a limited number of veterans. Of the 43 players listed on the defensive side of the ball, only four are in their final year of eligibility (Brennan Schmidt, Kwakou Robinson, Bryan White and Mark Miller). Of the four, only Schmidt is listed as a starter right now.
Getting the snap count right
One of the more interesting drills of the day was the last. The entire team from quarterbacks to kickers lined up in a three-point stance and ran five-yard sprints based on the signal count. For those who had difficulty counting from one to four, the reward was 10 up-downs.
What was most revealing was that after three consecutive miscues, Wali Lundy and Marques Hagans had some choice words for their teammates. Fans have to love the leadership these two seniors are showing from opening calisthenics...
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