Freshman Anderson Ready for BYU

When Boston College linebackers coach Bill McGovern was on the recruiting trail last summer, he found a talented athlete at Brooklyn's Poly Prep High School named Paul Anderson.

BC was the first school to offer the 6'1", 215-pound safety (who actually played linebacker in HS), and while he received subsequent offers from schools like Syracuse, Iowa and West Virginia, his relationship with Coach McGovern and his overall impression of Boston College made his decision an easy one.

"He was a great guy," said Paul Anderson of McGovern. "Out of all the coaches that I'd met from different colleges I liked him the best… BC was the first one to offer, so I always kept that in mind."

Anderson gave the Eagles his verbal pledge last summer, and at the time early playing time wasn't even an issue. Paul was sold on the school.

"It has great academics and it's not too far from home," he said. Paul resides less than four hours away from Boston College, New York traffic permitting.

Paul ventured up to the Heights in early June to take summer classes and to work out with the football team. From the get-go Anderson made an impression on coaches and teammates; he had a goal that drove him.

"I definitely wanted to play; who wouldn't want to play their first year?" said Anderson on Wednesday afternoon. "I just worked hard in camp and did what I could."

On Sunday, six days before Boston College's season opener, defensive backs Coach Kevin Lempa informed Anderson that he had made the two-deep for the BYU game at the strong safety position. Later that day, he also spoke to Head Coach Tom O'Brien.

It's ironic that Anderson reminds this author of the player whom he is backing up. Two seasons ago then-freshman Ryan Glasper made the two-deep for Wake Forest as a true freshman. He displayed class and maturity that were well beyond his years; he was confident and well-spoken in an interview with before he even stepped on the field.

"Ryan Glasper is actually my ‘big brother'; he's been very supportive," said Anderson of the junior safety from Connecticut. "He's always there for me and he's given me the confidence to step up to the challenge."

Anderson's first challenge will come on Saturday against BYU's corps of big wide receivers. Anderson and redshirt freshman Kevin Akins are the newcomers to BC's secondary, but their height could be a huge factor, especially with the Eagles' diminutive starting cornerbacks, neither of whom stands taller than 5'9".

"BYU, they're a great team," said Anderson, giving due respect to BC's opponent. "We've watched them on tape; they've got a lot of good players, but I think if we play as well as we've been playing throughout the preseason we'll be ready for Saturday."

As for the question of the week, Anderson simply responded: "I'm not worried about the altitude."

Catch the Eagles on abc regional at 3:30 on Saturday as they square off against the Cougars of BYU.

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