In our continuing series previewing Penn State players for the 2014 season, this edition focuses on sophomore wide receiver Richy Anderson. With both starting receivers from last season gone, including the two-time Big Ten Receiver of the Year Allen Robinson, the door is wide open for someone new to step up and make a big contribution in the passing game.
His athletic ability may cause some fans to have flashbacks of Anderson’s father, a standout running back for the Nittany Lions in the early 90’s.
As a member of the 2013 recruiting class, Anderson was a running back coming out of high school. He enrolled early at Penn State and was able to take part in offseason activities. Former head coach Bill O’Brien and his staff moved Anderson to receiver, something that proved to be a good change. Anderson showed his potential by catching a touchdown pass in the 2013 Blue-White Game.
During the season, Anderson appeared in 11 games and made two starts. He wasn’t highly involved in the offense with several others in front of him, but managed 13 receptions for 111 yards as a true freshman.
This season, look for Anderson to be more of a part of the offense. I see him fitting in nicely as the slot receiver and perhaps getting a crack out of the No. 2 wideout position. He could also play a big role on special teams, an area the Nittany Lions have really struggled in for the past two seasons.
Look for Anderson to increase his receiving yardage in 2014 and also rack up some yards in the return game. Something around 300 yards receiving and three touchdowns sounds reasonable for the sophomore.