Anthony Anderson on his position change
Tennessee senior Anthony Anderson was in a joking mood after Friday's practice, and that's exactly why Derek Dooley praised the Austin-East High School graduate during his meeting with reporters.
Anderson, along with redshirt sophomore Naz Oliver, was moved from the secondary to wide receiver Friday in a move that helps supply depth to a position that's been hampered by bumps and bruises.
For Anderson, a fifth-year senior, it signaled an official end for his candidacy to see significant playing time in the Vols' crowded defensive backfield.
"Hopefully one day I'll be the greatest to ever play (wide receiver)," Anderson said with a smile on his face. "For one year."
Anderson has been a fixture on special teams for the past two seasons, and he appeared to have his best shot at legitimate playing time when he exited spring camp atop the depth chart as a co-starter with freshman Justin Coleman. An influx of young talent, though, pushed Anderson to the back of the pile as camp progressed.
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Anderson still remains in the mix to fill UT's vacancy at punt returner.
Dooley used an analogy to explain how selfless Anderson has been throughout the switch.
"We're all selfish by nature," Dooley said. "We're born selfish. When a baby is hungry, he cries and gets mad because all he's thinking about is 'I need some milk.' When you take away a toy from a baby, he cries and gets mad because he's not thinking about sharing.
"You have to beat out that self-absorbed trait that we are all born with. And Anthony has none of that, It's a real tribute to his character."
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