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Week Three's Overnight Sensation: Bryce Anderson, Defensive Back

September 19, 2022

Each Monday during the 2022 Texas A&M football season, we’ll identify a first or second-year Aggie player who delivered an exceptional performance over the weekend and earned the distinction of being the week’s ‘Overnight Sensation.’

Next man up.

Thrown into the fire in front of 107,000+ people, and Bryce Anderson rose to the occasion.

During Texas A&M’s 17-9 dogfight win over Miami, Bryce Anderson and Texas A&M’s defense facilitated a dominant defensive performance, not allowing a touchdown all game. A&M’s defense held Miami quarterback and projected first-round draft pick Tyler Van Dyke to his second-lowest completion percentage in his career (51.2%).

When the Aggie secondary needed it most, Anderson stepped up in a big way.

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Through three career games, Anderson has made 10 total tackles.

Two starting defensive backs — Brian George and Demani Richardson — were ejected due to targeting calls in the first half. If you thought that thinned out of the depth in the secondary, true freshmen Denver Harris and Smoke Bouie were suspended for violating team curfew rules.

D.J. Durkin’s secondary depth was tested, but he looked to #1 and looked no further.

The true freshman totaled eight tackles and four solo stops, but beyond the stat sheet, Anderson was ready to measure up to expectation, tying veteran and projected first-round draft pick Antonio Johnson as the Aggies’ second-leading tacklers of the night behind Jaylon Jones (9).

The Beaumont native was a part of A&M’s historic 2022 recruiting class and was ranked as the No. 8 safety in the nation by 247Sports. With several veteran defensive leaders on the sideline, Durkin was not afraid to use his freshmen when he needed them.

On Miami’s final offensive drive, the Aggie backfield shut down the Canes’ hopes of a comeback. Anderson was one of three freshmen lined up on the crucial drive, along with Jarred Kerr and Jacoby Matthews.

In Anderson’s next three to four years in Aggieland, he is going to be very hard to keep off the field.

Anderson’s stats vs. Miami
Tackles: 8
Solo Tackles: 4
QB Hurries: 0
PBUs: 0
INTs: 0

Anderson’s 2022 stats
Tackles: 10
Solo Tackles: 5
QB Hurries: 0
PBUs: 0
INTs: 0

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Week Three's Overnight Sensation: Bryce Anderson, Defensive Back

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Paul Dirac
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Outstanding! You play with intelligence, guts, & heart!
So glad you're a Fight'n Texas Aggie!
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He was ready. It's that simple. And good for him!

Talent can take you only so far. Once you get to this level - SEC West - you have to prepare in order to produce, even if you have top rated talent.

Gig'em, Bryce Anderson!
Thanks for being prepared when called upon!
Now... Beat the HELL Outta Arkansas!!
Wrecking Crew 21
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Great job against Miami now BTHO out of the pigs!
Aggie 63
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He played fired up !! Love to see the effort
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This kid is as good as it gets. Faster than recievers (edged out Evan Stewart at the fastest man competition at the under armor game). Delivers big hits. Exudes confidence. Demani is an awesome safety and has already had several very big plays this year a couple of which were overturn (One forced fumble that Antonio Johnson couldn't corral & The targeting hit was huge and it stopped a drive only to be over turned)

But we couldn't be in better hands when Demani goes to the NFL.
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He played well. No drop off in my mind.
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