He’s listed on the team roster as Rory Anderson.
Call him Rory if you must, but “I go by ‘Buster,’ ” he says with a grin.
South Carolina's sophomore tight end from Powder Springs, Ga., played in all 13 games last year, recording eight catches for 188 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 23.5 yards per catch.
Anderson missed much of spring with an ankle injury. He is fully healed, having a solid camp and figures to play a role again this season at a deep position.
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How’s camp going so far?
It’s going pretty well. I’m getting a lot of reps out here on the field and the weight room. I’m trying to get better overall.
Even as a sophomore, do you take the new guys under your wing?
Yes, just getting them to learn the plays, making sure they know every assignment. Young guys come in and it’s hard to pick things up, but they’re picking it up pretty fast.
How tough was it to miss much of the spring?
I was bothered by an ankle injury back in the spring. I’m coming out here and it’s feeling a lot better than what it was back in the spring. I’m just glad to be out here back in pads.
What did you learn the last year from Justice Cunningham?
Technique-wise and blocking, he’s helped me out with a lot of assignments. He got me learning the offense a lot faster. Now I am able to teach the young guys.
Are you better at blocking or catching?
I can do both. I’m undersized but I feel like I have the technique to block just as good as a big guy.
Looking back on last year, were you pleasantly surprised to contribute so much as a true freshman?
It was pretty good. I just came out here and worked, just like we’re doing now. Things worked out for me to get a lot of playing time last year, which was pretty good.
How are you adjusting to a new position coach?
It’s the same guys who have been here. We’ve got Joe Robinson, an assistant. He’s still learning a lot. Tommy [Galt], he’s still here. He’s been working with us since last year. He’s doing an excellent job. Joe Robinson is doing an excellent job as well.
You came in with high school teammate Marquis Roberts. Has it been tough to watch him battle injuries?
I don’t know what to say about that guy. That’s my boy. I was hoping to see him out here. He came out here in the spring. He was doing good early in the practices and then he got hurt again. I was like, “You’ve got to keep your head up.” Right now he’s doing real good. He’s not as down as he was after the shoulder surgery. There’s a lot different attitude about him.
Do you like having four guys at USC from McEachern High School?
Oh yeah. We try to bring as much guys from our schools as possible. We got our kicker [Nick St. Germain] just get here. And Darius English is out here looking good. He’s going to be a real good player for us. He’s an undersized guy kind of like myself. He’s physical, he’s strong and he’s picking up on the defense a lot faster than I expected.
What are your personal goals for this season?
I just want to come out here each and every day and work hard and get better. That’s all I can do.
What are your thoughts on the depth at tight end?
This year we’re a lot deeper than last year. Last year there were only two of us playing. Now we have a chance for all four or five of us. We’re a lot deeper at the position. Hopefully everybody will get a chance for playing time.