Kwane Doster was shot and killed outside a Tampa nightclub on Dec. 26, 2004. He was 21-years-old. Most Army football fans have never heard of Kwane Doster. Army wide receiver Corey Anderson has.
Anderson sat stunned in front of his television stunned when the news of Doster's death broke. Anderson played against Doster in high school. He knew Doster pretty well.
Anderson had even attended the same club where Doster was shot.
"I remember that night," says Anderson's mom, Patricia. "Corey was supposed to stay down here a little longer. But he said he was going back (to West Point)."
Corey Anderson is a good kid. Keeps to himself. Loves sports. Works hard.
But here's the thing: The streets have a way of grabbing even the best of kids. No matter how hard they try to stay straight.
Anderson is straight. Good grades. Stays off the streets. In fact, the good people in his tough neighborhood are rooting for him.
Neighbors often say to Patricia Anderson: "Corey is going to get out, isn't he?" She hopes so. Anderson is the first male in the family to attend college. If he gets out, maybe he can get his mom out. The Belmont section of Tampa where she lives is riddled with trouble.
Gangs. Drugs. Fights.
Corey Anderson will have no part of that scene. He concentrated on academics and athletics at Jesuit High. He played football, basketball and ran track. Anderson enjoys painting in his free time.
"I think a lot of people doubted Corey because Jesuit is a good academic school with mostly middle upper class students," says former Tampa Jesuit assistant coach Bob Weiner. "But not only did Corey survive, he thrived. Corey is a pretty driven kid."
So he went to West Point and made his mother and the rest of his family proud.
Anderson, a junior, has shown potential at West Point. He caught 19 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns last year. But this could be Anderson's big year.
The speedster should see more action at wide receiver and could return kickoffs and punts for the Black Knights. Anderson certainly has a lot of promise.
It's no wonder so many people are rooting for him.