David Anderson has impressed and wowed CSU fans with his
fingertip catches and his clutch grabs.
Now he’s getting a bit of national attention as well.
Anderson was named a finalist to the Fred Biletnikoff Award,
given yearly to the nation’s best collegiate receiver by the
Tallahassee Quarterback Club. The award, handed out since 1994, was
given to Pittsburgh’s Larry Fitzgerald last year.
Other finalists include Mark Clayton from Oklahoma and Braylon
Edwards from Michigan,
“I’m very honored to be in those guys’ category,” Anderson said.
“Every receiver on the list is unique.”
Anderson, who has made 49 catches for 821 yards this season, was
on the award’s watch list at the beginning of the year.
The junior receiver, listed at 5-11 and 192 pounds on the CSU
depth chart, has been described as undersized by national scouts
for a receiver. However, Anderson’s teammates recognize his
“You don’t give Dave any grief,” said true freshman quarterback
Caleb Hanie. “He’ll save your butt sometime.”
As a sophomore, Anderson set the CSU single-season record for
100-yard receiving games with six. He also set single-season
records for receiving yards (1,293) and catches (79). He ranks
fourth on the CSU all-time receiving list with 2,294 yards.
The Biletnikoff award was named after Fred Biletnikoff, an
All-American receiver from Florida State. He was later inducted
into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a receiver with the Oakland
WALKER MOVED TO DEFENSE – Sophomore running back Tristan Walker
was moved to linebacker this week by the CSU coaching staff. The
California native started at running back against Southern
California, but has been limited all season with an ankle
CSU head coach Sonny Lubick said it was too early to tell if
Walker would develop into a good linebacker. Walker will play on
special teams for the remainder of this season.
“In spring, we’ll see how he handles it,” Lubick said. “It’s
difficult in our system for linebackers sometimes.”
The Rams, who have three true freshmen running backs on the
roster, will use juniors Jimmy Green and Uldis Jaunarajs as well as
senior Marcus Houston for the rest of the year. True freshman Kyle
Bell may also see some playing time.
Gartrell Johnson III and Tramell McGill will redshirt this year.
Johnson, who carried the ball twice against Minnesota, will receive
a medical redshirt with a sprained ankle.
McGill has been a member of the offensive scout team all season,
but he tore his ACL in practice this week. He will miss the
remainder of the season.