What if I told you the most NFL-ready player on the Scarlet Knights right now doesn’t play on offense or defense?
Ryan Anderson, the Olivet College (Michigan) graduate transfer became the first Scarlet Knight selected to an All-Big Ten team by the coaches and media since Rutgers joined the conference. Anderson lead the Big Ten in yards per punt, averaging a net 44.4 yards per attempt (ranking 13th in all of FBS), a Rutgers single-season record.
This isn’t the first time Anderson has set records for his respective school. His 46.2 yards per attempt set the Division III for punting average last season at Olivet. While he was also named a D-III All-American for the second straight year.
Anderson’s booming leg will almost certainly earn him an NFL opportunity, as 34 of his punts went for at least 50 yards (seven went for 60 yards) while also dropping 20 inside of the 20-yard line. The fifth-year senior is also up for the Ray Guy award, which is given to college football’s most outstanding punter.
A host of other Scarlet Knights was honorably mentioned between the media and coaches vote. Offensively, linemen Tariq Cole and Dorian Miller were bother mentioned by the media and coaches vote while Gus Edwards was mentioned by just the coaches. Defensively, Kiy Hester earned both the coaches and media vote. While Sebastian Joseph-Day earned just the coaches along with the 2017 Sportsmanship Award. Damon Hayes and Trevor Morris were also honorably mentioned by the media.