The depth chart West Virginia coaches released in the weeks before practice began had him as a third-teamer at the new "Buck" position. So it was a bit of an eye-opener to see Anderson move all the way to the first line at defensive end when an amended depth chart was sent out in the middle of spring.
The position move isn't necessarily set in stone -- Anderson will play as much "Buck" as he does defensive end and will switch between the two spots based on situations. And come fall, the competition for playing time will get that much more fierce when Jewone Snow returns to the rotation.
But the Morgantown native has proven his worth this spring and will certainly be in the mix when fall comes around. He joins a long list of walk-ons who have earned the respect of coaches and teammates with hard work and determination.
The Blue & Gold News is proud to present the Tommy Nickolich Award to the walk-on member of the Mountaineer football team who has distinguished himself with his attitude and effort. It was established in 1991 as a memorial to Tom Nickolich, a former WVU walk-on player who died of cancer in 1983.
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