Former UC star Otis Anderson Jr. is ready for NFL draft

UCF running back Otis Anderson Jr., a University Christian product, is hoping to hear his name called in next week's NFL draft.
UCF running back Otis Anderson Jr., a University Christian product, is hoping to hear his name called in next week's NFL draft. (Associated Press)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former University Christian star Otis Anderson Jr. hopes to be making plays in the NFL next year.

Anderson played college football at UCF where he was a big play waiting to happen. He finished his career with 2,182 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Anderson had 1,025 yards and nine receiving touchdowns.

With his college career now over, Anderson has been preparing for the NFL draft since January.

He said it is almost like a “marathon” as he tries to show NFL teams what he can do.

Former UC star Otis Anderson Jr. eyes his NFL destination as draft approaches
Former UC star Otis Anderson Jr. eyes his NFL destination as draft approaches

“It is an adjustment you are showing you are able to mold your mind into doing different things,” Anderson said.

NFL teams have been meeting with prospects virtually.

Some teams have adopted interesting strategies to get to know players a little better. Anderson said that the strangest thing a team has asked him is how good is he at “Call of Duty.”

“We were talking about video games, and I told him I played Call of Duty, and he asked me what my kill-to-death ratio was to see if I’m a winner,” Anderson said.

Anderson is one of the most versatile players in the NFL draft.

He can play running back, wide receiver, and both punt and kick returner. It is that versatility that Anderson hopes will help him make an impact in the NFL.

While Anderson will be happy to play for any team, he said that playing for the Jaguars would have special meaning to him.

“I’d finally be able to feel like I’m a hometown hero. I know that Shaq [Quarterman] came back from Miami and he is loving it. … Just being Jacksonville with those guys and having the camaraderie I had before and being able to drive to the stadium and be inside the stadium on the other side,” Anderson said.

“Being an actual football player, that might bring tears to my eyes the first time.”


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