Two Former Football Rams Sign Professional Contracts
Bronx, N.Y. – Former Fordham Football Rams Anthony Coyle and Kevin Anderson signed professional contract this week. Coyle was signed to the practice roster of a team quite familiar with one of Fordham's most famous former players, the Green Bay Packers, while Anderson was signed by the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of America Football.
Coyle, a four-year starter on the Fordham offensive line, started all eleven games at left tackle in 2017, receiving first team ECAC All-Star and first team Patriot League honors for the second straight year. He also received the Lansing Trophy as Fordham's outstanding lineman for the second consecutive year. Coyle blocked for an offense that averaged 371.7 yards of total offense/game, third best in the Patriot League, including 238.9 passing yards/game, also third best in the league and 31st among all NCAA FCS teams. As a junior in 2016, Coyle started all eleven games at left tackle and received first team ECAC All-Star and All-Patriot League accolades. Coyle helped the Fordham offense lead the Patriot League and rank fourth in the NCAA FCS in total offense, averaging 498.2 yards/game, and lead the league and rank 12th in the NCAA FCS in rushing offense, averaging 229.7 yards/game. The Rams also led the Patriot League and were fourth in the nation in scoring, averaging 40.1 points per game while setting a single-season team rushing mark with 2,527 yards. In 2015, Coyle capped his sophomore season be earning second team All-Patriot League. He started all 12 games at left tackle in 2015, helping the Fordham offense lead the Patriot League and rank ninth in the NCAA FCS in scoring, averaging 36.8 points per game. The Rams also led the league and were second in the NCAA FCS in passing efficiency (168.30). The Fordham offense ranked second in the league and 20th in the NCAA FCS in passing yards/game (272.3), 21st in the NCAA FCS in first downs and third in the conference and 43rd in the NCAA FCS in rushing yards/game (180.9).
Anderson, who earned the Fordham Offensive Player of the Year award for the third straight season in 2017, saw his season interrupted by injuries but still completed 150 of 245 passes for 1,756 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games as well as running for a score. Over his Fordham career, Anderson, a three-year starter and captain, completed 580 of 912 passes for 7,663 yards and 73 touchdowns. He set a new Fordham career passing touchdown record with the 73 and finished in third place on the Fordham career passing yards list (7,663) and on the Fordham career completions list with 580. In 2016, Anderson was a second team All-Patriot League selection. He started ten games at quarterback, completing 201 of 325 passes for 2,724 yards and 27 touchdowns. Anderson led the Patriot League and was tenth in the NCAA FCS in passing touchdowns and led the League and was 12th in the nation in passing yards/game (272.4). He also was tops in the League and tenth in the NCAA FCS in total offense (297.9), and led the conference and was 21st in the NCAA FCS in total passing yards. The Alliance of American Football is set to play in February 2019 at Spectrum Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida.
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