Rory Anderson
Rory  Anderson


Powder Springs, Ga.

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Height / Weight:
6-5 / 227


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Gamecocks' Anderson catching up

By Willie T. Smith III (Greenville News)

2014: A Mackey Award Watch List candidate who totaled 22 catches for 260 yards and a TD over 10 games in a senior season that was hampered by a series of triceps injuries... suffered a torn right triceps muscle late in spring drills and was limited when fall camp began... caught three passes for 52 yards in the season opener against Texas A&M... hauled in a career-high five receptions for 67 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown against Georgia... tied a career high in receptions with five versus Missouri... caught one reception for 24 against Furman before leaving game with a left triceps strain... missed games versus Auburn and Tennessee... returned at Florida, making two catches for 27 yards... suffered a torn triceps at Clemson and missed the Independence Bowl after undergoing surgery... caught 61 passes for 954 yards and nine scores in his 48-game career which included 19 starts.

2013: "Busta" played in 12 of 13 games, starting nine, including the last seven in the regular season... caught 17 passes for 235 yards, an average of 13.8 yards per catch... did not find the end zone in 2013 after logging eight scores in his first two campaigns... suffered a hamstring injury in preseason camp, causing him to miss the season opener versus North Carolina... caught a pair of passes for 34 yards in the win at UCF... caught three passes for 38 yards in the win at Missouri... caught three passes for a game-high 69 yards against Florida... caught passes in nine straight contests before being shutout over the final three games... shared "Most Improved" tight end honors during the spring with Jerell Adams.

2012: Saw action in all 13 games, making a pair of starts (UAB and Tennessee)... hauled in 14 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns... averaged 19.4 yards per catch... caught four passes for a team and career-high 90 yards and two scores (7 and 51 yards) in the home opener over East Carolina... had a 13-yard TD catch against Missouri... caught a 37-yard pass in the win at Kentucky... caught a 14-yard touchdown pass against Georgia... caught three passes for 58 yards, including a 26-yard scoring strike in the win over Tennessee... had a 29-yard reception against Arkansas.

2011: True freshman who played in all 13 games, starting two (Kentucky and Tennessee)... three of his eight catches went for touchdowns... logged 188 receiving yards, a 23.5-yard average... six of his receptions went for at least 19 yards... recorded his first catch against Vanderbilt... earned his first career start versus Kentucky and responded with a 46-yard reception... notched his first career touchdown on a 23-yard connection vs. Tennessee, sealing the win... caught his second TD on a 20-yard strike against The Citadel... caught two passes for 57 yards and his third score in the win over arch rival Clemson... included was a career-long 55-yard reception.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played tight end at McEachern High in Powder Springs, Ga., graduating in 2011... caught 38 passes with six touchdowns in his senior season... coached by Kyle Hockman... helped the Indians win 21 games over his final two seasons... three-star prospect who was considered the nation's 26th-best tight end and ranked 41st in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com... was a three-star recruit and the nation's 31st-rated tight end by Scout.com... was a three-star prospect and the nation's 35th-best tight end by 247Sports.com... named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Region class... also played basketball and helped his team to the state AAAAA quarterfinals as a junior... selected South Carolina over Tennessee, USF and Virginia among many others.

PERSONAL: Rory C. Anderson II was born October 2, 1992... is pursuing a degree in retail management.