- Number: 32
- Position: Linebacker
- Height: 6’-2”
- Weight: 215 pounds
- High School: Mill Creek High School
- Hometown: Buford, Georgia
- 247Sports Rating: 4-star
- 247Sports Ranking: 216th
Anderson has a football pedigree. His father was a running back for the Atlanta Falcons. He made a Pro Bowl and played in Super Bowl XXXIII.
At first glance at Anderson’s measurables, one would presume that he is a redshirt candidate. 215 pounds is a little light for a traditional linebacker, but perhaps there is a little more leeway in the modern era with hybrid players. That said, even the prototype hybrid linebacker, Isaiah Simmons, redshirted before he was ready to contribute.
Unfortunately, the dismissal and subsequent transfer of TJ Dudley means the Tigers are only carrying six scholarship linebackers in 2023. Even if the starters stay healthy and the scheme calls for two linebackers instead of three at times, it is questionable if all six won’t play in more than four games.
I am leaning towards Dee Crayton avoiding the redshirt. I am on the fence with Anderson. If there are injuries to Barrett Carter or Jeremiah Trotter, Wade Woodaz likely moves inside, meaning Anderson could step into the SAM role. We just don’t know how often the SAM will be used.