Anderson Comfortable at DE

Rhyan Anderson is a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Oak Creek, Wisc. He redshirted last season and is working on the little things this spring to prepare himself for the 2005 season.

Rhyan Anderson is the only Hurricane from the state of Wisconsin. He played for coach Joe Koch at powerhouse Oak Creek High School, which is located on the south side of Milwaukee.

Being from Wisconsin, not many people know what he can do and what he brings to the table. Does he feel any pressure to prove himself?

"Not really because it is not like anyone has ever seen me play," Anderson said. "I don't have any pressure because nobody has ever seen me do anything. I just have to do what I do."

At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, Anderson has the mold of a future defensive tackle. However, he prefers defensive end.

"I like it because I don't get double-teamed," Anderson said. "That is really the only reason why I like playing outside coming off the end."

Anderson is currently battling for playing time at the left end position--a side he prefers.

"I prefer to play left end," Anderson said. "I think I get off the ball a little faster on that side."

Miami brought in a number of defensive linemen along with Anderson last year including Calais Campbell, Eric Moncur, and Dwayne Hendricks. Joe Joseph joined the team this semester to round out the future for the Hurricanes.

Anderson is currently battling for time on the third-team at defensive end. He has done well in practice and has a unique size/speed combination that has the coaches excited.

"I am trying to improve on the fundamentals," Anderson said. "I want to work on staying low and coming off of the ball. I am also working on my pass rushing skills."

This spring Anderson has been paying close attention to the film room to help him improve.

"I just try to watch film to correct my mistakes," Anderson said. "And I just try to work hard every day in practice to work on the little things."

The defense has been more productive than the offense this spring, but still has room to improve. Particularly along the defensive line they are concentrating on finishing the play.

"I think we are doing well," Anderson said. "We just have to work on the little things. We are doing good with it so far. We are stepping up and want to keep it going."

The team resumes practice today at 3 pm and practices are open to the public.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor at CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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