Tulane senior Andre Anderson is the Green Wave's first football player in 38 years to receive Academic All-America honors.
Nov. 24, 2009
New Orleans - Tulane University senior running back Andre Anderson has been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He is the first Tulane football student-athlete to receive Academic All-America first team honors since David Hebert in 1971.
A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Anderson is an All-Conference USA candidate and has already received ESPN The Magazine All-District VI first team honors. He has been nominated for both the Wuerffel Trophy, which is based athletics, academics and community service, and the All-Conference USA Academic team.
Anderson is pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer information systems and has maintained a 3.506 grade point average. He is a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter and is a three-time selection to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and to the Tulane 3.0 Club and was named to the 2008 C-USA Football All-Academic team and received the 2008 C-USA Sportsmanship Award.
On the field, he is a two-time Doak Walker Award candidate and leads the team in rushing (911 yards), touchdowns (8) and is third in receptions (27) and receiving yards (207).
Anderson currently has career numbers of 1,903 rushing yards on 417 carries (4.6 ypc) and 16 touchdowns and remains 11th in Tulane history in rushing yards (needs 58 yards for 10th place) and ranks in eighth place on the single-season charts (911), just four yards behind seventh-placed Mewelde Moore (915 in 2003). In addition, Anderson is in sole possession of fourth place in Tulane career 100-yard rushing games with eight.
This season, he has four 100+ yard games, including a season-high 199 yards vs. McNeese State and was named College Football Performance co-Running Back of the Week for his 199 yards, and a received helmet sticker from ESPN.com.
Anderson enters the SMU game needing 89 rushing yards to become just the fourth player in the history of Tulane football to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in a single season. He would join Matt Forte (2,127 in 2007), Mewelde Moore (1,421 in 2001/1,128 in 2002) and Eddie Price (1,178 in 1948/1,137 in 1949).
Anderson is the 18th Tulane student-athlete to receive Academic All-America honors, but just the fifth to receive first team honors. He is the first TU student-athlete named to the Academic All-America team since baseball's Tommy Manzella received third team honors in 2005 and he is the first football player selected since quarterback Roch Hontas was a second-team performer in 1979.
To be nominated for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes also must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
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