Colt Anderson was an outstanding player and one of the best defensive backs at the collegiate level. But that’s not where his story started! Lets go back to Anderson’s High School, and take a look at his career thus far.
Colt played football at Butte High School in Montana, filling the positions of running back and safety. In his senior year, he was named all-state first-team safety and honorable mention running back. In his entire high school career, Anderson recorded 310 tackles, 9 interceptions and 850 rushing yards ending in 12 touchdowns. Even though he had such outstanding statistics, he wasn’t recruited out of high school, instead choosing to attend the University of Montana.
After not seeing much action in 2004 or 2005, he started all 14 games in 2006, recording 92 tackles. He was asked if he looked for “big hit opportunities” in 2006. “I just like to fly around and make plays and every now and then you’ll come across a guy that you can hit.” After another great season in 2007, he became a team captain for the 2008 season. He recorded 129 tackles including 63 solo and 6.5 for loss, one quarterback sack, three interceptions returned for 80 yards, six passes broken-up, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries that season, and led Montana to the national championship game.
He was selected as a Buck Buchanan Award candidate and named All-Big Sky player for the third year and received First Team All-America honors. Anderson wasn’t selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, becoming an undrafted free agent. The Minnesota Vikings signed him and moved him to their practice squad on September 5, 2010. Shortly after that, the Philadelphia Eagles came into play, signing him to a three-year contract. The Eagles started using him on special teams where he became a real star. He’s a force in coverage.
The Philadelphia Eagles ranked 4th in special teams coverage after 12 games with Anderson, and 14th after 4 games without him.
Yes, I said “without him”. Anderson suffered a season-ending knee injury (ACL) in the game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 1, 2011.The Eagles placed Anderson on IR on December 5, 2011. Despite his injury, he was still voted Special Teams MVP by both, coaches and players. He finished the season with 168 special teams production points, but was edged out by kicker Alex Henery, who ended the season with 169.
The Eagles are looking forward to Anderson’s return. With his big hit ability and his eye for chasing down a return man, the loss of Colt has been a big hit to the Eagles special teams play.
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