RB Otis Anderson, UCF
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Jacksonville, FL (University Christian)
247 RATING: .8481
POSITION RANK: 17
Rushing: 233 rushes, 1,495 yards (6.4 ypc), 13 touchdowns
Receiving: 77 catches, 946 yards (12.3 ypc), 9 touchdowns
Rushing: 113 rushes, 726 yards (6.4 ypc), 5 touchdowns
Receiving: 31 catches, 365 yards (11.8 ypc), 3 touchdowns
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Otis Anderson Breakdown
UCF’s “spark plug” decided to return for one more year, and Otis Anderson brings a ton to the table within the Knights offense. He is already said he is ready to take on greater responsibilities and become a better leader for his team. Anderson’s ability to run, receive, and return the football helps him lead on the field in addition to off of it.
UCF uses UCFast often, and there are many players on the team that fit this description. Anderson is one of those guys, and teams must identify him whenever he steps on the field. Keeping him in check isn’t easy, as he has more than just speed. Tackles might think they have a chance to bring him down when they get close. He is fast, but he is quicker than most players he faces in tight spaces. He might be undersized, but he knows that his speed is his ally in those situations.
Both Scott Frost and Josh Heupel know how to put Anderson in position to succeed with his skillset. While running inside isn’t the best option for him, getting him the ball in space is. He is a running back, but his hands rival those of the receivers on the team. The Knights line him up all over the field, including in the slot to potentially match him up against slower players. More touches figure to come his way with the exit of a couple key players.
There is always competition on the Knights roster, but that also means Anderson becomes more of a focal point in the offense. There is depth at running back, but he should still get plenty of carries with Adrian Killins gone. Gabriel Davis left for the NFL early, so he will line up in the slot more this year, and he is comfortable in that role. There is plenty of talent still on the roster, but not many bring the skills that Anderson can perform.