Did Anderson qualify?

Chris Anderson, a defensive tackle out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin, originally signed a letter of intent with Florida State for the class of 2002. However, the 6-foot-2, 270-pounder failed to academically qualify and had to enroll in prep school. Click here for breaking news on Anderson.

Chris Anderson, a defensive tackle out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin, originally signed a letter of intent with Florida State for the class of 2002. However, the 6-foot-2 and 270 pounder failed to academically qualify and had to enroll in prep school. Last year Anderson enrolled in Hargrave Military Academy in hopes of getting his grades up and improving his test score enough to be eligible in time to start his career this fall with the Noles.

According to his former high school coach Anderson might have cleared that hurdle.

"Chris just passed his SAT test with 890 score, "Mandarin head football coach Richard Burnoski said. "He improved from a 710 to an 890 and the people who administered the test said it might have been too big of a jump and that they would let Chris know within 10 days of his status. He has also worked hard to improve his GPA. Right he's sititng on a 2.55."

In most situations the student would have to automatically retake the test. However, this time there might be a little wiggle room for Anderson. Because of his learning disability, he had the test read to him un-timed. Because of the special circumstance, the NCAA might go ahead and clear him.

As a senior, Anderson was honored all-first coast player of year and second team all-state by recording 27 sacks. As a junior, he registered 101 tackles and 22 sacks.


Nole Digest Top Stories