A Tech football player who is also an Air Force cadet

Chandler Anderson has an interesting dilemma.

Not only is he Tech’s punter, he’s also one of 120 cadets in Detachment 165, the school’s Air Force ROTC program. The Yellow Jackets will play the Falcons in the Independence Bowl.

Are his loyalties divided between his educator and future employer?

He said the detachment’s commander, Lt. Col. Shawn Bevans, tested his loyalties earlier this week.

“I said ‘Sir, I’ll always root for the Air Force,’ ” Anderson said. “… but I’ll be for Tech.”

Anderson will graduate next December and should be commissioned a few days later. His commitment after graduation will depend upon his specialty code. He said it’s possible he could be an officer should Tech play in a bowl in 2011.

Anderson has taken the requisite tests to be a pilot. If he doesn’t receive that assignment, he hopes to land a job in air and space management.

His brother, Cody, is in the Air Force ROTC program at Valdosta State. Anderson said Cody talked him into joining the service. Their grandfather is also a retired Air Force officer.

Bevans said some members of the detachment are considering driving to Shreveport for the game to root on Anderson, Tech and Air Force. Of course, he said they will sit behind the goalposts, so that they will be between both sides.

Either way, he said he can’t lose.

“If Georgia Tech wins, I’m a faculty member  and I have to celebrate,” he said. “If Air Force wins, I’m a grad and I can celebrate too.”

211 comments Add your comment

dawgfan

December 10th, 2010
1:21 pm

I would imagine that the average Air Force cadet is much smarter than the average Techie. They probably are much cooler as well and don’t suffer from severe adult acne or social anxiety disorder. Plus, I bet the average Air Force cadet has had a relationship with a female beyond internet dating sites, unlike the average Techie.

I just thought I’d throw that out there. Thanks.

your other daddy

December 10th, 2010
1:28 pm

I bet the average Air Force cadet has better things to do in his life besides obsessing over a rival team’s football team. Heck, the average Kindergarden grad is smarter than the best UGA grad. Plays both ways leghumper…

DDPO

December 10th, 2010
1:31 pm

It’s ok. I’m sure he’s taking a break from telling his fellow hourly co-workers how UGA is going to win several football championships in the near future…

Fire Paul Johnson

December 10th, 2010
1:56 pm

Kick him off the team. Divided loyalties don’t win championships, or even the Weedeater Bowl.

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
1:59 pm

42-34 hahahahahahahahahahaha

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
2:03 pm

dawgfan, thank you for your obsession. You can buy all the GT gear you want at the Southeast’s largest college bookstore – The Barnes and Noble @ GT in Technology Square (you know, the plaza that house’s Georgia’s highest ranked public business school and the South’s most productive corporate incubator, the ATDC)…the gear would be strictly for Tech defamation purposes only, of course, since that is the “thrust” of your obsession. And if you want, they have free posters of all our athletic teams for you to um…make fun of. Ya know, since you clearly have been finely honed by experience to become the master that you are at comparing two mostly-male institutions’ um…”student bodies.”

On second thought, I take back my thanks. Your obsession seems unhealthy now. Just um….stay at that great big completely straight “party in the U-G-A,” Ok?

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
2:08 pm

The Mighty Triple Option = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KDrPUcUsFY

Has Roddy Jones been able to see straight yet?

How did Tevin Washington enjoy his 8 yard ride on Justin Houston’s back into the Endzone??

42-34

Scott Blair Fan

December 10th, 2010
2:08 pm

dawgfan-You probably don’t even go to Georgia.

So I guess his hamstring has healed by now? Good for him. Go Tech!

BIG BEE

December 10th, 2010
2:26 pm

DAWGFAN, you are an idiot and not deserving for our young men in any branch of the armed service to defend your sorry A##. You probably cannot even defend yourself in one of UGA’s usual bar fights. Don’t know how old you are, but you would fit in quiet well with the hippie bunch from the 60s. You would not have lasted 30 minutes in my outfit, but we will never know as we did not have any cowards!!!, PS, SANFORD DRIVE would fit in with you.

dawgfan

December 10th, 2010
2:27 pm

STATE championships DDP0? I must say that I feel pretty confident when it comes to those. 9 of 10 and counting big guy. It looks like the odds are in favorite of it.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 10th, 2010
2:30 pm

Speaking of the Weedeater Bowl, look what I found in my mailbox this morning:

http://firepauljohnson.blogspot.com/2010/12/get-em-before-theyre-gone.html

craig

December 10th, 2010
2:30 pm

Maybe the uga thugs should thank about getting into the mediocre ACC since they can’t beat up on anyone except the lower tier sec teams. Georgia’s just one of 4-5 average teams in the SEC. jUST FACTS SANFORD DRIVE

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
2:31 pm

Sanford, it was one play, man. The Triple Option is certainly mightier over the course of an entire game than UGA’s defense. You won the game fair and square, but don’t make the mistake of thinking our offensive scheme was the reason. The plan works. The players need to protect the ball. That clip shows one of three Tech turnovers that turned into points for yall. Now, granted, Tech did get just as many from your offense, too, but they couldn’t turn those into points. But again I say that it’s nothing to do with the scheme or playcalling…the fundamentals have been bad for us all year. Driving to the redzone and then getting false starts, fumbles or blown reads leading to 3-and-outs or field goal attempts.

Bottom line- for two years Georgia has squeaked by Tech to maintain the bragging rights. So go on and brag, but Tech is more even with you now than the whole last decade. Think it’s gonna stay a 9-of-10 life as a Dawg? Dream on. Tech will be back, and so will Georgia. But you can’t act like you dominated. Two-touchdown favorites don’t rely on gifts and errors to win on a late interception.

Go on and bark, though. No one here’s impressed. Go Jackets!

AE

December 10th, 2010
2:37 pm

Good luck to Chandler and the rest of the team!

DDPO

December 10th, 2010
2:42 pm

Dawgfan -

So that’s the new battle cry? Oh yea, I forgot that you run this state! Now that is something that you can hang your hat on, unlike just 2 SEC titles in almost 30 years or 1 National Championship in 50 years.

The weird thing is that the Writers or Coaches Polls don’t recognize that achievement. Keep on marching little guy!

Average Joe

December 10th, 2010
2:55 pm

As a huge Dawg fan for 50 years, I salute this kid. Good luck in an honorable profession.

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
3:14 pm

Man-Up

congrats on the Moral Victory. I bet the trophy looks good with your fake 1990 NC trophy.

42-34

Alabama Jack

December 10th, 2010
3:17 pm

Dawgs are universally disliked. Deal with it or get counseling.

Ugafan365

December 10th, 2010
3:20 pm

Im not a tech fan but anybody who proudly serves this country is alright with me! Man its hilarious how you tech fans bite that hook on every blog everybody knows that gtech is not in the same league with uga in football but you guys continue to try and make yourself believe that tech can compete! To make matters worse everybody knows how you guys will reply you will talk about the player arrests, or tech academic profile or you will talk about how another school beat uga! Hey if you like it I love it I can never get enough laughs at gtechs expense! Good luck young man!

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
3:23 pm

Dude the whole world has the moral high ground on the Un-iverstiy of Georgia. We don’t have to play football to win that one.

On an actual football note (the thing I actually commented about), glad you could say nothing to my analysis of the game. It has numbers in it. Was that the problem? Fact-based arguments?

1990 has nothing to do with 2010. But get your shots in where you think you can. You’re not prepared for battle.

30 going on 31

December 10th, 2010
3:27 pm

sanford, has bacari rambo recovered yet? He laid a pretty good lick on a tech a back and took a face plant on his way back to the huddle. Seems to me the a-back never missed a beat. How about you dig up that video?

Brian Bro'saben

December 10th, 2010
3:30 pm

Dear Sanford Drive,

As I procrastinate during dead week here, I would like to insult you and demean you in an lovely letter. 1. drop the whole 9-10 thing, its 2-1 unless you like looking at old coaches records in which case look back at Jim Donnan or Ray Goof, oops I meant Ray Golf (not really). Heck I bet you $50 dollars you don’t even know who they are. The 1990 national championship is ’shared’ with a Colorado team that had to use 5 downs during a football game to ‘win’ the national title, oh and Tech was the only undefeated team of the year, making that national championship more real than the GED hanging in your in your mothers basement. Lastly, this is a Tech sports page, are you that much a obnoxious unemployed tool, or are you compensating for the lack of something between your legs. Finally I run this state geed.

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
3:31 pm

Ugafan365, you think Tech is delusional saying we can’t compete with GU in football?! Do you watch college football? Do you watch the HATE game? Have you been at least minimally aware the last 3 years in this state?! Tech and GA are squeaking by each other in close games the last three years with the underdog winning two of the last three. That is not domination. That is a change in the trend from the past decade. Brag all you want about Tech’s fumbles and the missed PAT, but get real. You’re seeing life through red and black glasses to think the rivalry is anything like it was in the Gailey era. These teams are close. They might stay that way even as they both get better in the next couple years. Of course, few Dawg fans will admit that.

really?

December 10th, 2010
3:32 pm

with a handle like ‘ugafan365″ you feel the need to point out your not a tech fan.

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
3:41 pm

redundancy lends clarity to drunken babbling…?

cobb jacket

December 10th, 2010
3:45 pm

Thanks for the classy comment, average joe. This country and this rivalry could use more like you.

SEC joke

December 10th, 2010
3:50 pm

Sanford drive is just typical uga redneck. Got nothing better to do than to trash Tech because he’s obsessed with the Jackets. 1990 = Georgia Tech National Champions. Everyone knows it. Colorado lost a game and got a freebie with the wildcats. Georgia hasn’t won jack since 1980. Yea sec titles, who cares. Georgia still sucks. Then again, if Tech could recruit from the prison like them Dogs, they could win the sec easily. THWG!!!!!

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
3:56 pm

The fact is you’re always better than your rivals say you are but not quite as good as you’re made to sound when the coach from a team you just lost to talks to the media.

Examples:

-GA fans will forever tell Tech to move down to division 3 or just cancel all sports. We ain’t that bad.

-The coach of a team like Kansas (desperate for respect) who upsets us will say we’re the best offensive team thay’ve played in a decade. We ain’t that good.

I’ve learned to laugh at comments from both types of people.

cobb jacket

December 10th, 2010
3:58 pm

and sanford drive, you should be ashamed of yourself. I see you on these blogs all the time talking trash, that’s your right. But this is about something bigger than any football rivalry. You are an embarrassment to decent society. I hope you were successful in making yourself feel better about yourself, as that is clearly your intended purpose. But you really should be ashamed of yourself.

dawgfan

December 10th, 2010
4:08 pm

There is no new battle cry. Like any good Techie, you ran your mouth about how UGA hasn’t done this and can’t do that and blah, blah, blah. I thought it only fair to point out what we have done, particularly in regards to your sorry half azzed joke of a football program. I am well aware of the fact that the pollsters could give a flying rat’s azz about any team beating Tech. Preaching to the choir there bro. Hell, I think there have been years where we’ve fell in the polls after waxing that nerd azz. That should tell you Techies where your joke of a football program fits in the grand scheme of things, but its just in one ear and out the other I’m sure.

Is that you’re new battle cry Techies? Beating Tech is no big deal? Works for me. What a proud and supportive fan base Tech football has. I am just at a loss as to why recruits are beating down Johnson’s door to play for this lot.

Have fun in Shreveport.

cobb jacket

December 10th, 2010
4:16 pm

dawgfan, just as classy as sanford drive. And you are the jackass that started this nonsense. I hope you are proud of yourself.

gt45

December 10th, 2010
4:28 pm

Let us know if you guys meet Elvis while you’re up there!

SHAME ON DOUG

December 10th, 2010
5:36 pm

The shame is going on you Doug for allowing these morons come on here and demean these student athletes. Close the comments when you write about a student athlete. They are just kids (with a great future) and they do not deserve this bs___t

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
5:37 pm

Tech shouldn’t exist. They shouldn’t have a football team. Never actually won anything and the fans aren’t even real people. Blah blah bah….

That’s it, dawgfan, let it all out. I know it was frustrating how close that game was. And the one last year. And how we won in ‘08. I know, I know. Your dominance just isn’t as clear to everyone as you want it to be. Venting should help. We’ll play again in a year. All you have is time, man. Deep breaths. Don’t hurt yourself when you have a whole year to remind us that we all are less than human and our team is less than a real team from a school that is less than a real school in a city that is less than a real city.

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
5:38 pm

Michael C

December 10th, 2010
5:38 pm

I swear, if you ignore the trolls, they will go away. Not immediately, but eventually.

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
5:39 pm

Just kidding. Choke on it, son. To Hell With Georgia even after you’ve beaten us!

Clean, Old Fashioned Hate 24/7/365. Go Jackets!

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
5:41 pm

Tevin Wahsington for Heisman!!!

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
5:42 pm

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
5:44 pm

I would like to congratulate Josh Nesbitt on his trip to New York this weekend as a Heisman Finalist. Man, if Cam Newton didn’t come out of nowhere, I’d say he had a shot at getting his name called. Sorry guys!

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
5:46 pm

“the rivalry is obviously different now because we ddn’t lose as bad the last two years!!”

Incredible Techies……incredible.

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
5:55 pm

Hey Sanford, make fun of it, but you know it’s true. You’ve conveniently left our our victory. Our current coach is 33% against the dogs which IS progress when our last one was 0%. And there’s only pride in saying some better execution could’ve had hi 66 or even 100% against yall in the last three years.

What’s funny to me is not that we embrace the progress we’re making, but that you laugh at it when deep inside you’re frustrated by it or possibly even scared of it.

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
6:00 pm

By the way, Tech starting a season with a Heisman campaign of any type is also progress in the expectations around our program, fool. Sure, he had no one helping him get there, but if he had that help he could definitely have been in the conversation. We all know it was over when we lost to Kansas, but had we had another 2009-like year he very well could have been in New York.

It amazes me how selective people are. I have no problem saying Aaron Murray is a great quarterback for Georgia. He could have his own Heisman website by his senior year. I can say that. But the dawg fans have to laugh at our guy for being the best player in an offense that couldn’t execute and make him look better.

ManUp...

December 10th, 2010
6:01 pm

And with that, sports fans. I’m out. It’s the freakin weekend, and I’m about to do one thing the dawg fans say doesn’t happen. Party at Tech!

Go Jackets!

Sanford Drive

December 10th, 2010
6:19 pm

42-34 hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

macrotech

December 10th, 2010
6:28 pm

4-2 hahahahahahahahahahahahaha… I LOVE relieving myself on Sanford Drive every other year!

Gold Helmets

December 10th, 2010
7:05 pm

Agree. This is out of control and the AJC allows it. There appears to be some people with serious issues that need professional help.
SHAME ON DOUG

December 10th, 2010
5:36 pm
The shame is going on you Doug for allowing these morons come on here and demean these student athletes. Close the comments when you write about a student athlete. They are just kids (with a great future) and they do not deserve this bs___t

macrotech

December 10th, 2010
7:11 pm

With all due respect to Doug…he did shut down the comments on the Scott Blair piece. Some of the stuff that was written in regards to a single missed kick was devoid of any human compassion. Then again…they were, merely, the wimpering of pups!

CamdenMark

December 10th, 2010
7:31 pm

Coming from a life long DAWG and 30+ year AF Falcon I hope your boys don’t take this game too lightly because if they do the Falcons are going to hand it to you in a bad way.
I think AFA takes this game anyway on a far better passing game, don’t laugh, look up some game footage/stat’s, the Falcons are very efficient in the pass game, and D backfield that is one of the best in the nation. 28-17 I think

macrotech

December 10th, 2010
7:48 pm

CamdenMark, i agree with you…we do NOT need to take this game lightly! AFA is no team to trifle with! I look forward to a GREAT game….HOPEFULLY, we’ll win THIS one! Best of luck to you and yours!