Corey Anderson boosts Army

It's taken a pretty long time, but how does the old saying go: Better late than never. Army wide receiver Corey Anderson is finally coming into his own. Anderson, a senior, is doing all the things fans expected him to do when he broke into the program three years ago.

Make the big catch. Break the big play. Scare the heck out of opponents on returns. Although Anderson's play has been overshadowed by the Black Knights' 1-3 start, it's still worth noting. Take, for example, last week against 12th-ranked Boston College.

Anderson put up a career-long 61-yard kickoff return against the Eagles. When the afternoon was over, he had put up a career-best 207 yards on seven kick returns. Anderson's 242 all-purpose yards were also a career-high.

Granted, Army's offense has gotten off to a slow start. But if the Black Knights are to accomplish anything on that side of the ball, they will need a solid No. 2 wide receiver, among other things. Anderson fits the bill behind senior Jeremy Trimble.

Anderson, who is 5-foot-9, 168 pounds, had a career-high 66 receiving yards at Wake Forest two weeks ago. This is what coaches expected from Anderson when he arrived to West Point in 2004. He didn't so much as a freshman, chalk that up to Anderson adapting to the rigors of Academy life.


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But Anderson put up only 193 receiving yards as a sophomore and 680 all-purpose yards in 2006. Not shabby, but not what many expected from Anderson. He's fast and explosive, but early on, Anderson sometimes dropped passes and missed routes. That was years past.

This is 2007. There's going to come a time, hopefully this weekend against Temple, when one of Anderson's big catches or returns breaks a game wide open. Or is maybe just what the Black Knights need to get over the hump and pull out a win.

It certainly isn't hard to root for Anderson. Whether he makes another catch at Michie Stadium again, he's still a success story. Anderson is the first male in the family to attend college. He grew up in the tough Belmont section of Tampa. Belmont is a neighborhood full of trouble with gangs, drugs and violence. But Anderson always avoided that scene.

Anderson concentrated on academics and athletics at Jesuit High, playing football, basketball and running track. As a senior at Jesuit, Anderson earned looks from Division I-AA schools Richmond, Holy Cross and Fordham. However, Anderson always wanted to play Division I football.

Army gave him a shot. Here he is. Anderson has turned the corner, he's making big plays. It's certainly been worth the wait.


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