Ryan Anderson, a two-time Division 3 All-American and graduate of Olivett College in Michigan, announced today that he will use his last year of eligibility as a member of the Rutgers Football team.
Thank you to all of those who have supported me! I'm honored to say I will be playing my last year of football at Rutgers University! #B1G— Ryan Anderson (@Ryann_Anderson) January 29, 2017
We have discussed the importance of special teams, and Chris Ash and staff have made it a priority to improve upon last year’s special teams play. The staff has already received a commitment from place kicker Justin Davidovicz, and now with the addition of veteran punter Anderson, special teams should see much needed improved play next season.
In addition to being named a two-time Division 3 All-American, Anderson has etched himself in the NCAA record books:
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior averaged 46.2 yards per punt - breaking the NCAA Division III single-season record. So it comes as little surprise that Anderson has been recognized as an All-America First Team selection by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for the second straight year.
Anderson is a two-time All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First Team selection. Of his 47 punts, 18 went for over 50 yards, with a long of 65 yards. He pinned opponents inside the 20-yard-line 15 times, with nine touchbacks. He was also the holder on PAT kick attempts and contributed to the offense with 12 receptions for 129 yards.
This is a great pickup by Coach Ash and staff, and I would expect Anderson to come in right away and be the named the starting punter.
Welcome to the banks, Ryan!
Check out his highlights below: