January 30, 2013

Furman's Anderson Set To Play In Texas Vs. Nation All-Star Classic Saturday

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman All-America tight end Colin Anderson will play in the 2013 Texas vs. Nation All-Star Classic this Saturday in Allen, Texas.

Anderson, a 6-foot-,4 237-pound senior from Dallas, is among 54 draft eligible players who comprise a "Texas" team that will take on the "Nation" squad in the 2:30 p.m ET contest, which will be played at Eagle Stadium and televised live on Fox Sports Southwest.

A two-time first team All-Southern Conference selection, Anderson earned consensus Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America honors in 2011 after catching 40 passes for 696 yards (17.4 ypc) and seven touchdowns.  He finished his Paladin tenure with 90 receptions for 1,541 yards and a school tight end record 11 touchdowns.  His career reception and receiving yard totals rank second in Furman history to former Paladin Luther Broughton (1993-96), who played four years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers.

Anderson caught a career high nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown against Samford in 2011 and claimed receptions in each of his final 24 games as a Paladin.  The former high school quarterback also threw a 47-yard touchdown pass against Florida in 2011.

In terms of tight end development Furman has no peer in the SoCon and few, if any, in FCS.  Since 1977 the Paladins have produced a league best 25 All-SoCon tight ends, five of whom signed NFL contracts: Brette Simmons '79 (Dallas), Terry Clark '83 (New England), Paul Siffri '92 (Pittsburgh), Luther Broughton '96 (Philadelphia), Trent Sansbury '02 (Cincinnati).

Anderson is the third Paladin to play in the Texas vs. Nation All-Star Classic, which began in 2006.  Others include All-SoCon offensive tackle Joel Bell (2008) and All-America cornerback William Middleton (2008), a current member of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.