Going For The Goal

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in Athletics, "Clarence Anderson", football, NFL Clarence Anderson always dreamed of playing professional football. It was just a dream. A dream that started looking more like a reality his senior season on the Ottawa Braves football team. During his senior season, scouts from 16 National Football League (NFL) teams visited campus to watch Anderson, who is from Wichita, Kansas, practice and play, including the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, and the Green Bay Packers. Teams that remain interested in Anderson will most likely invite him to sign a free agent contract with their organization once the draft concludes in late April. The NFL’s interest in Anderson should come as no surprise considering the records he amassed while on the OU roster. A wide receiver, Anderson has been named to four NAIA Preseason All-American teams. He was named to VSN’s “Super Six” and “Super 72” and now holds 15 offensive and special team school records. And he is the first receiver in program history to have back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons. “Clarence is one of the most dynamic football players I have ever had the privilege of coaching,” says Assistant Football Coach Wendell Smith. “It will take hard work and determination for Clarence to succeed at the professional level, and I believe that the NFL team that gives him the opportunity to play will not be disappointed.” Anderson says he has many favorite moments as a player, but winning the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 2009 ranks at the top. “I feel like that set us apart from other teams,” says Anderson. “Every year we progressed as a team.” Also on Anderson’s list of memorable football moments was defeating the Baker Wildcats in the annual First Down Classic in 2010 and clinching another KCAC Championship in 2011. Anderson, who also runs the 400m for the Braves Track and Field team, hasn’t been idle since he finished his last football game as a Brave. “I am doing a lot of training and getting ready to try to play professional football,” says Anderson. While Anderson says he definitely sees a future with football, he eventually wants to coach at a university. “Sooner or later I want to use the connections I’ve built in football to become a coach or athletic director,” says Anderson, who is a physical education major. Even though Anderson says a large portion of his collegiate career was dedicated to athletics, he never lost sight of his real purpose. “Since day one, my No. 1 priority has been to graduate. I always put academics first,” says Anderson. “I think my proudest moment will be walking across the stage at commencement.”