Freshman Richy Anderson is a familiar name at Penn State. His father, Richie, played running back for the Nittany Lions in the earlier nineties. The younger Anderson came out of Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Maryland as a consensus 3-star running back recruit.
While in high school, Anderson was an effective offensive threat, lining up mainly at tailback, but also seeing time at wide receiver. During his junior season, he amassed over 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns. Anderson wasn’t a highly sought after recruit, but did receive offers from schools the likes of Wake Forest, Temple and Rutgers. He originally committed to Maryland, but changed his mind after receiving an offer from the Nittany Lions.
He’s a versatile player who can do everything from running the ball between the tackles to catching passes in the slot. It’s obvious that the Penn State coaching staff is aware of Anderson’s versatility, as he spent the spring practicing with the wide receivers. During the annual Blue-White game, Anderson showed off his pass-catching skills. He saw time at receiver and caught a five-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
It’s still a bit unclear if Anderson will have a roster spot or be given a redshirt for 2013. The Nittany Lions have a loaded offense with a ton of experience returning, especially at wide receiver. If Anderson does play this season, he could make an impact on special teams and occasionally see time out of the slot.
Regardless of when he gets on the field, Anderson is a talented player who could have a bright future at Penn State.