FBC Colorado State Football

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Authors: Jon Pilsner

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

talent.

“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

Raiders.

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

injury.

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.

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