LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson was selected to the College Sports Madness FCS All-America Third Team, the publication announced Thursday.
In addition, Anderson, a native of Galloway, New Jersey, was recognized as the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club's NCAA FCS Collegiate Player of the Year. Last year, Bison offensive lineman Julién Davenport took home this award, which is given to the top FCS player who hails from southern New Jersey.
Anderson, who this Tuesday was announced as an Associated Press Second Team All-American, is quickly becoming one of Bucknell's most decorated football players. The 2017 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, he is the third Bison to garner four All-Patriot League citations in his career, joining Rich Lemon (1993-96) and Davenport (2013-16).
Anderson was honored on the 2017, 2016 and 2015 All-Patriot League First Teams and the 2014 Second Team. Also a three-time Preseason All-Patriot League selection, he was named to the 2017 STATS Preseason All-America Third Team and the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List.
Anderson totaled 42 tackles (20 solo), nine tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one blocked extra point this season. During his stalwart career, he started 43 games, recording 171 tackles (96 solo), 33.5 tackles for a loss, 15.5 sacks and four blocked kicks. Three of his four blocked kicks were field goals; he will graduate tied for first in school history with Josh Eden (2006-07, 2010-11) in this statistical category.