Andrel Anthony On Talks With Gattis & Harbaugh, Nico Collins Comparisons
River Rouge headed into Friday night’s game at East Lansing as the defending state champions and ranked as the No. 2 team in Michigan by many outlets, but fell to the Trojans by a final score of 21-6.
East Lansing three-star wideout and Michigan Wolverines football commit Andrel Anthony played a significant role in the upset, hauling in three receptions for 80 yards and making two highlight reel catches along the way.
The first was a fingertip 25-yarder in the second quarter in which he stretched out as far as he could to reel the ball in, while the second was a 40-yard play that occurred in the third quarter in which he used his 6-2 body to go up over his defender and get the ball.
“Those two catches were huge, especially the [40-yard] jump ball along the sideline,” Anthony exclaimed afterward. “My quarterback even said he just threw it up and hoped I’d get it, because he was getting hit.
“It was a big first down because we had been struggling to move the ball at that point. You get some momentum with a big play like that. River Rouge played a cover two man [defense], so they had fresh inside leverage and a safety shaded directly in front of me, which didn’t allow me to go deep.
“That’s when our run game opened up though, so we’re not complaining.”
With senior wideout Nico Collins (likely) off to the NFL, Michigan is set to have just one scholarship receiver taller than 6-0 on its roster this season (sophomore Cornelius Johnson, at 6-3).
The U-M coaching staff has spoken with Anthony about his physical stature frequently as of late, with the East Lansing native providing an update on his current height and the preferred weight the Wolverine staff would like to see him at.
“I’m at 6-2, 6-2 and a half right now, and weigh about 180 pounds,” he said. “The Michigan coaches told me not to worry about my weight and to just keep my speed and elusiveness in the open field.
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