Maryland Defensive End Justin Anderson Joins UMass Football
June 7, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass football head coach Charley Molnar has announced the addition of former Maryland defensive end Justin Anderson for the 2013 season. Anderson graduated from Maryland this spring and will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate student at UMass. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman played in 25 games for the Terps including all 13 as a starter in 2010.
He joins wide receiver/tight end Ricardo Miller who was announced as transferring to the Minutemen from Michigan earlier this week.
"Justin brings BCS size and strength to our defensive line and will be an impact player," said Molnar. "He is a multi-positional player who can play on the interior of the line or outside at defensive end. He was a starter in the ACC as a sophomore and I see him fighting for one of the starting positions here as well."
A native of Blythewood, S.C., Anderson arrived at Maryland in 2009 where he played as a reserved defensive tackle in six games. He became a full time starter in 2010 with 22 tackles highlighted by two sacks and 5.5 tackles-for-loss. A preseason injury sidelined him for the 2011 season. Last season, he worked his way back into the defensive line rotation playing in six games behind starter Joe Vellano who signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots in April.
He finished his career at Maryland playing in 25 games (13 starts) with 31 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss and two sacks.
Coming out of Blythewood High School, Anderson was a highly regarded recruit ranking as the No. 80 nationally among defensive ends by Scout.com in 2008. He was also a member of the SuperPrep South Carolina Top 46 team. As a senior, he earned third-team All-South Carolina honors after recording 51 tackles which included two sacks and nine quarterback hurries.
Anderson majored in American studies at Maryland and will be pursuing a master's degree in Education at UMass. The transition to Amherst will be made a bit easier as he will be reunited with the Minutemen's assistant head coach and defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo who Anderson played under as a freshman and sophomore in College Park.
Since moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, UMass has received strong performances from student-athletes utilizing the NCAA's one-time transfer exception. In 2012, Michael Cox (Michigan), Deion Walker (Notre Dame) and Hafis Williams (Notre Dame) all played significant roles in the Minutemen's first year at the FBS level and as members of the Mid-American Conference. The opportunity helped Cox immensely as he was drafted by the New York Giants in April after leading UMass in rushing last season.
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