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Brian Anderson Is A North Carolina Tarheel, Building His Own Path

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Brian Anderson comes from a football family that includes a Furman University Hall of Famer in his dad Charles L. Anderson 82’, who won the Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking trophy in 1980 and 81, the award given to the best blocker. He also won many other awards. Brian Anderson’s father and brother are the two most influential people in his life.

“I would say, my dad and my brother. My dad because he really showed me the game and I also respect that he never forced me to play it. He never was one of those parents that were really strict and said ‘you have to play football.’ He kind of stayed out of it, he never coached me, and he kind of guided me through my process when I needed him. Also, my brother played college football [at Furman], I’d say my dad and my brother really had an impact on my life as far as growing up in the game.”

Brian Anderson, now a senior at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School in Montgomery, Alabama ended his recruitment last June when he committed to the North Carolina Tarheels. The six-foot-three, 286 pound, three-star offensive tackle, along with the North Carolina offer, received a total of 31 offers from Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Furman, Indiana, Iowa State, Southern Mississippi, Syracuse and more.

“It was pretty crazy. I got my first offer, early in the season, this past year, my junior year and ever since then it has blown up. I think I got nine offers in that same month following that first one. It just built up and never really let off the gas pedal. Here I am today with 31 but no matter how many you have, you can only make one decision so I’m just kind of glad I made the right decision,” Anderson said about his recruitment.

North Carolina, according to Anderson is recruiting him as an interior lineman. See his junior highlights here.

He said that he grew to like North Carolina when he first got on campus and the more visits he took and research he did, he found that they were the school where he could thrive on the field and in the classroom.

“It’s definitely a place that will set me up for the rest of my life as far as being a successful man.”

He wants to help bring a national championship to North Carolina and experience the life of a college football player. His hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, has prepared him for that challenge.

“I would say it’s definitely shaped me into a person that I guess can say, I have a lot of character because Montgomery has a diverse community. There’s a lot of different things that go on in this town and it has shaped me to become more of a gritty person just because there’s so much that has happened in this town, so much historically. Really, growing up around it, nothing is given to you, everything is definitely worked for. I guess that’s something I’ve grown to learn, just to work for things,” he said.

He likes playing on the offensive line because of the tactical nature the position entails.

“There’s so much strategy that goes behind it, [the small things] and everything that most won’t understand or appreciate. When you see it first hand, there’s a lot that goes into it that most people don’t see.”

He believes the best part of his game is his intensity and ability to keep that intensity for all four quarters and every time he steps on the field, he has a chip on his shoulder.

“Just leave everything out there. There’s no reason to go out and hold anything back. Just go through the whistle on every play. That’s something I really pride myself on, sometimes I’ll get flagged for excessive blocking but going through the whistle is definitely my main mentality.”

In his final year as a Montgomery Prep Knight, he said he’ll miss the close-knit family that he has there. At Montgomery Prep, win or lose, the student body takes everything to heart, they win as a school and lose as a school.

“…I’ve grown close to every member of that school just like [they are] a brother or sister to me so that’s the relationship I’ll miss the most. I just want to end my senior season on a positive note and leave for the next seasons and generations to come just a positive mark on Catholic, leave on a high note and keep a winning mentality.”

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Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young

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The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.

The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.

“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”

While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.

Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.

Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.

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Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal

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Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.

“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”

Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.

“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”

Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.

“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”

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Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke

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Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.

“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.

“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”

Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.

According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.

Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.

 

 

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