- Markihe Anderson
- 5' 10"
- Fort Myers, Fla.
- 182 lbs.
CAREER: Appeared in 49 games, with three starts at cornerback...Collected 63 total tackles, 46 solo and 17 assisted...Recorded his first career sack against Troy in 2009 and had his lone career interception versus Tennessee in 2007...Had a career-high five tackles in the 2008 Capital One Bowl versus Michigan.
2009: Recorded 20 tackles, 14 solo, and one sack on the season...Made his first start of the season and recorded three tackles in Florida’s Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati...Tipped the pass that Justin Trattou intercepted and returned 53 yards in the fourth quarter at South Carolina to preserve the win...Notched his first-career QB sack against Troy for a loss of five yards while also collecting three tackles...Tallied four total tackles (three solo) in the Gators’ win over Charleston Southern.
2008: Played in all 14 games as a key special teams player and a backup at cornerback...Picked up one tackle in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama...Notched three tackles, including one tackle for a loss of two yards, against The Citadel...Recorded four tackles at Tennessee.
2007: Was projected as a starter during preseason at cornerback...Appeared in nine games for the Gators...Missed four games due to a sprained knee...Started versus Vanderbilt and Michigan in the Capital One Bowl...Recorded an interception versus Tennessee, the first of his career...Ended the year with a career-high five tackles versus Michigan.
2006: Saw time at cornerback in the SEC Championship Game and the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game...Notched three solo tackles in UF’s 23-10 home win over LSU...Made four solo tackles and broke up a pass in the win over UCF...Notched one tackle against Southern Miss in his Gator debut.
PREP: Caught 26 passes for 575 yards (22.1 per reception) with six touchdowns as a senior...Completed a 78-yard pass for a touchdown in a 52-0 win over Lemon Bay his senior year...Posted a season-high six catches for 51 yards against Riverdale in a 39-7 loss...Totaled 114 receiving yards on two catches in a 33-18 loss to North Fort Myers early in his senior season...High school coach was Gregory Baloga...Team captain for varsity football and basketball teams...Also lettered in baseball and track and field at Dunbar High School.
PERSONAL: Born on Dec. 13, 1987, in Fort Myers, Fla...Son of Mark, Sr. and Antonette Anderson...Has a brother, Mark (16)...Nicknamed “Number 1 Stunna” by friends and teammates, representing his jersey number (1) in high school.
MAJOR: Social & Behavioral Sciences.
CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Year UT-AT TT TBL QBS FF FR PD INT
2007 10-4 14 0.5 0 0 0 0 1
2008 15-6 21 1.0 0 0 0 3 0
2009 14-6 20 1.0 1.0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 46-17 63 2.5 1.0 0 0 4 1
ANDERSON’S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 5 (Michigan, 2007)
QB Sacks: 1 (Troy, 2009)
Forced Fumbles: None
Interceptions: 1 (Tennessee, 2007)
· Earned his undergraduate degree in December of 2009
· A member of the 2008 UF Football Leadership Committee
· Nicknamed “Number 1 Stunna” by friends and teammates, representing his jersey number (1) in high school
· Achieved his lifelong dream on National Signing Day to play for the Florida Gators
· High school coach Greg Baloga credits Anderson with “single-handedly” winning Dunbar’s playoff game against Hardee County in 2004
What they’re saying about Markihe Anderson:
"He's feeling very confident right now. He wants to play. All he says is, ‘Coach, I want to be the starter. I don't want to be the nickel back. Put me in that starting lineup and I'll show you what I can do.' So far he's done an outstanding job.” (8/14/08)
Vance Bedford, UF Cornerbacks Coach
“The experience (he gained) is obviously beneficial. In the two days we had him (before his injury this spring), he came out and had more maturity than anybody else. The other guys could watch and follow because he’s the one guy that’s had some work. We were smart about how we utilized him last fall. He did a good job.” (4/12/07)
Chuck Heater, UF Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Safeties