Former UCF versatile RB/WR/PR Otis Anderson Jr. Has passed away.
The news was made public through a social media post released by Fifth Quarter UCF on Tuesday morning.
Absolutely heartbreaking news to wake up to.
Former UCF versatile RB/WR/PR Otis Anderson Jr. Has passed away.
You’ll always be loved by Knight Nation. Rest easy Goatis. ✌️💔 pic.twitter.com/ytzKBsjGPs
— ⚔️ Fifth Quarter UCF ⚔️ (@FifthQuarterUCF) November 30, 2021
Prayers today for you Otis Anderson Jr. Such a good young Brother taken too soon. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🥺🙏🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/YogOhzoXFW
— BigKev407 (@kevin_rickson) November 30, 2021
Otis Anderson Jr played for the LA Rams, he was a former UCF running back. The teams he played had two returning rushers Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson primed to carry the lion’s share of the work. The team had both Xavier Jones and Raymond Calais returning as well, both hoping for a chance to prove their worth.
And to top it off, the team had drafted University of Maryland’s Jake Funk, who would compete for whatever scraps and special team roles might be available to a new and eager rookie. Otis Anderson Jr. arrived in June, long after the coaching staff had already become quite familiar with the five other running backs. Few expected him to stick on the LA Rams roster.
He arrived late to the team and played catch up for several weeks.
He stuck his nose in the playbook. He stuck his cleats on his feet. He set his hand in the dirt. And he stuck his ear in the direction of any coach or player who was willing to give him tips or help him improve his techniques.
He didn’t get discouraged. He didn’t have enough time to do anything beyond suit up and try to make plays each day.
Anderson, 5-foot-10, 168 pounds, was recruited to UCF by assistant coach Sean Beckton. He was the first commitment in the 2017 recruiting cycle for UCF and new head coach Scott Frost.
He had was intrigued by Frost’s plans to come out firing in the spread offence, which he said will suit him just fine as a smaller running back in 2017.
Anderson had 20 scholarship offers, rushed for more than 1,000 yards this past season for state champ University Christian.
He had 107 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carry in the 2015 Class 2A state title game, in which University Christian routed Tampa Cambridge 61-16.
Few Records & Bio Of Former UCF Runner Back Otis Anderson
Yards per carrying average of 6.1 ranks second all-time at UCF
• Ranks ninth at UCF with 2,182 career rushing yards
• His 3,708 all-purpose yards rank eighth all-time at UCF
• With 27 total touchdowns, he ranks eighth in the record books
• Played in nine games, starting five times at running back
• Rushed 125 times for 687 yards and four touchdowns
• Added 14 receptions for 79 yards and three punt returns for 23 yards
• Ranked third in the league and 49th in the nation with a 5.5 yards per carry average and was fifth in the conference and 47th in the nation in rushing yards
• Earned second-team all-conference honors from The American
• at Georgia Tech (9/19): Rushed 18 times for 88 yards and a touchdown…caught three passes for 21 yards
• at ECU (9/26): Rushed seven times for 22 yards before leaving the game with an injury
• Tulsa (10/3): Carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards and a score…also caught four passes for eight yards and returned one punt for 14 yards
• at Memphis (10/17): Rushed 18 times for 70 yards
• Tulane (10/24): Totaled 11 carries for 46 yards and had two catches for 16 yards
• at Houston (10/31): Rushed for 170 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown…added one catch for 11 yards
• Temple (11/14): Carried the ball 10 times for 83 yards and a touchdown…returned one punt for nine yards
• Cincinnati (11/21): Had 12 carries for 51 yards…also caught two passes for 12 yards
• vs. BYU (12/22): Rushed 16 times for 73 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards at the Boca Raton Bowl
• Named to the Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List
• Earned Athlon Sports preseason All-America honors
• Was named third-team preseason All-America by Phil Steele
• A first-team preseason all-conference selection by Athlon
• UCF’s best all-purpose threat and leading rusher with 726 yards on team-high 113 attempts
• Paced Knights in all-purpose yardage with 726 rushing, 365 receiving, 277 punt returns, 23 kickoff returns for average of 107.0 per game
• UCF’s top punt returner with 21 for 277 yards, including 87-yarder for TD vs. Pitt that was longest punt return in AAC in 2019
• Led AAC and ranked sixth nationally with 13.2-yard punt return average
• His 12.3-yard career punt return average stands fourth on all-time UCF chart
• Honorable mention selection on All-American Athletic Conference squad
• Named First Team All-AAC punt returner by Pro Football Focus
• Worked more at running back during second half of season with Greg McCrae idled for a month by injury, earning double-digit rushing caries vs. Stanford, Cincinnati, ECU, Temple and Tulsa
• Led Knights in rushing yards vs. ECU (80 yards) and Temple (205 yards) and paced UCF in rushing attempts in those two games as well as vs. Tulsa
• Had 15 plays of 20 or more yards—eight rushes, four punt returns and three receptions–with five of those plays good for TDs
• His 6.39 yards-per-carry average for 2019 ranks fourth on UCF single-season list and his 6.4 career mark in that category ranks behind only teammate Greg McCrae
• Started all 12 games, playing multi-purpose role as running back, wingback and kick returner
• FAMU (8/29): Rushed four times for 37 yards, caught three passes for 39 yards with one TD on a 24-yard scoring play that gave UCF 17-0 first-period lead, returned career-high six punt returns for 79 yards (second-most punt return yards by any AAC player in a game in 2019)
• FAU (9/7): Had six rushes for 75 yards with one TD on 39-yard second-period run that gave UCF 28-3 lead, returned one kickoff for 21 yards
• Stanford (9/14): Ran for 31 yards on 10 carries with one TD on a second-period one-yard run that gave Knights 38-7 lead
• Pitt (9/21): Rushed six for 37 yards, had one third-period punt return for 87 yards (most punt return yards in a game in AAC in 2019) and a TD that gave UCF 24-21 lead, earning him a spot on AAC Honor Roll
• Cincinnati (10/4): Ran for 45 yards on 12 carries, caught three balls for 20 yards, returned two punts for six yards
• ECU (10/19): Rushed career-high 18 times for 85 yards, caught two balls for 18 yards, returned one punt for 10 yards
• Temple (10/26): Had 17 rushes for career-high 205 yards (third-highest single-game total in AAC in 2019 and one of only four 20-yard efforts) with one TD, a third-period 37-yard run that gave Knights 49-21 edge—and finished with 209 all-purpose yards including one punt return
• Houston (11/2): Rushed for 30 yards on six carries, caught four balls for 37 yards, one punt return for 26 yards
• Tulsa (11/8): Rushed 17 times for 66 yards with one TD (a two-yard first-period run that put UCF up 14-7), caught two balls for 17 yards with one TD (a six-yard second-period catch that gave UCF 28-17 lead)
• Tulane (11/23): Carried four times for 49 yards, including 44-yard second-period TD run that gave UCF 17-7 lead; caught three passes for 72 yards, including 58-yarder on slant pass that was longest play of the day for Knights and set up TD that handed UCF 31-17 edge late in third period; also had a 36-yard punt return on way to 157 all-purpose yards
• USF (11/29): Had single rushing carry for seven yards to go with five receptions for 45 yards and three punt returns for nine yards
• Played in 12 games, starting eight
• Rushed 51 times for 275 yards and four touchdowns on the ground
• Had 16 receptions for 230 yards and three scores through the air
• Returned 15 punts for 178 yards
• Averaged 5.4 yards per rush and 14.4 yards per catch
• Accounted for 683 all-purpose yards
• UConn (8/30): Rushed for 23 yards and one score on four touches, also had a five-yard touchdown catch
• SCSU (9/8): Had eight carried, totaling 42 yards on the ground and a touchdown, returned three punts for a career-high 74 yards, including a career-long 48 yards
• Pitt (9/29): Snagged a quartet of passes with one touchdown
• SMU (10/6): Ran for 74 yards on six carries with two touchdowns, as well as a season-long of 30 yards
• Temple (11/1): Set a career high with a 57-yard reception
• Navy (11/10): Carried the ball seven times for 38 yards
• Memphis (12/1): Brought the Knights back into the game with a 54-yard touchdown reception just after halftime
• Appeared in 12 games with one start, splitting time between running back and receiver
• Ran for 494 yards and four touchdowns on 69 carries
• Hauled in 30 passes for 351 yards and three scores
• Averaged 7.2 yards per rush, 11.7 yards per catch, 70.4 all-purpose yards per game and 41.2 yards of total offense per game
• FIU (8/31): Made collegiate debut with a trio of catches for 31 yards
• Maryland (9/23): Stepped into the backfield for a pair of carries for 45 yards
• Memphis (9/30): Rushed for 46 yards on five touches
• ECU (10/17): Set career highs in catches with seven and receiving yards with 76
• Navy (10/24): Had first career game of 100 all-purpose yards, scored first career touchdown late to seal the win, finished with nine runs for 56 yards and two catches for 47 yards
• UConn (11/11): Had first multi-touchdown performance with a pair of scores on the ground, registered nine carries for 84 yards and one catch for 37 yards for 121 all-purpose yards
• Temple (11/18): Tallied first career receiving touchdown, recording a pair of catches for 18 yards
• USF (11/24): Carried the ball 10 times for 30 yards and caught five passes for 49 yards and a score
• Memphis, The American Championship (12/2): Notched first career 100-yard game on the ground with 113 yards rushing on 15 carries with a touchdown, added a trio of catches for 18 yards
• Auburn, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (1/1): 11 rushes for 38 yards and two catches for 17 yards and a score
• Helped lead University Christian to back-to-back Class 2A State Championships in 2015 and 2016
• Rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, while also compiling more than 1,000 yards rushing as a junior
• Named First Team Florida Class 2A All-State in 2016
• Earned 3 stars by 247, ranking #13 as a pass blocker and #199 in the state of Florida
• Earned 3 stars by ESPN, ranking #92 as a running back and #202 in the state of Florida
• Earned 3 stars by Rivals and #58 in the state of Florida
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