— Calvin Anderson (@THE_CONDA25) March 10, 2018
Say hello to your potential starting left tackle Longhorns fans. Texas has secured the NFL bound grad transfer out of Rice. Although, the 6’5″ 300lbs Calvin Anderson is originally out of Austin’s Westlake where he played with Breckyn Hager.
The main guy behind all of this is Herb Hand who, in his little time here, has already shown his worth on the recruiting trail. Calvin Anderson was projected to go in the 5th round of the draft if he left for the NFL. Analysts did not take his competition at Rice too seriously. With Herb Hand’s reputation, the immediate playing time at Texas, and the chance to play for your hometown team, it only made sense for Calvin Anderson to be a Longhorn.
So the Austin kid is back in his hometown. What does that mean for the Longhorns?
It was no secret that in 2017, the weak link of the entire team was
kicker the offensive line. With Calvin Anderson in the fold, Herb Hand will not have to rely on inexperience up front to perform, or players in positions they’re not used to. Anderson started 36 consecutive games for Rice and received honorable mention all-conference recognition over the last two season. Furthermore, according to Pro Football Focus, Anderson finished in the top 20 for pass blocking efficiency in the 2017 season.
Calvin Anderson relieves an enormous amount of pressure from the Longhorns’ offensive coaching staff after the departures of Connor Williams and a number of other offensive linemen after a terrible year up front. It gives the staff time and depth to develop future players as well as let others like Elijah Rodriguez, Denzel Okafor, and Patrick Hudson play in spots better suited for them.
Most of all it means Texas just got a top end, plug-and-play offensive tackle who is trying to prove his worth to the NFL. Well done.