A Kentucky State University graduating senior recently participated in the FCS National Bowl in Florida and will participate in the FBS All Americans Tropical Bowl Sunday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m.
Demetris W. Anderson, a wide receiver for Kentucky State’s football team, had a productive outing at the FCS National Bowl. Anderson hauled in six catches for 34 yards for the American squad, which beat the National team 38-37 in a thriller.
The FCS National Bowl is an annual postseason all-star game consisting of the top players from college football FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) schools.
According to an FCS National Bowl news release, 20 NFL and CFL teams were represented at the game by over 30 scouts.
“It was amazing and something I never experienced before,” Anderson said. “I’ve never gotten the chance to show my skills in front of NFL and CFL scouts.”
Coming from a smaller school makes him want to prove himself, Anderson said.
“It’s like I have a chip on my shoulder and I want to prove I can compete with any school and any division,” Anderson said.
After his performance at the FCS National Bowl, Anderson was invited to play in the FBS All Americans Tropical Bowl in Florida Jan. 13.
The Tropical Bowl showcases the top college football seniors to NFL scouts and general managers.
Anderson has a solid plan for after the bowl games and after graduation.
“My goal is to continue with my career in the criminal justice field,” Anderson said. “If I end up on anybody’s team I plan on giving back to my momma’s church and then, after football, continue in the criminal justice field.”
Anderson said several people on campus have served as an inspiration or mentor during his time at Kentucky State.
Anderson said Pete Mayberry, his position coach, helped him stay calm when times got rough.
“Dr. Shannon Brogan is my favorite professor here,” Anderson said. “She really stayed with me when there were times I felt like giving up and not graduating.”
Kim Harriford also made an impact on Anderson.
“Even though I just met her this school year, she really has helped me a lot with these bowl games and making sure I’m all set and ready to go,” Anderson said. “I’m really thankful for meeting her.”
Anderson led the Thorobreds in receptions in the 2018 season with 32 for a total of 286 yards. He also led the receiving corps in touchdowns, hauling in four on the season.
A live stream of the game can be seen here.