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Seven games into the 2008 season, Anderson looked to be on his way up draft boards. After two seasons playing behind Matt Forte (his teammates called him "Little Matt" at 2008 spring practices), he was among the nation's leaders in rushing, averaging 123.4 yards per game. But a fractured and dislocated right shoulder suffered against Rice ended his season prematurely.
Tulane's offensive attack struggled to score in 2009 (16.1 points per game), but Anderson still managed to rush for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns coming off the injury. He has also caught 55 passes over the past two seasons, both of which ended with him receiving honorable-mention All-Conference USA honors.
A classic slasher who doesn't fit into the pure speed or power back molds, Anderson is just a solid runner with a nice lean and who gives good effort on every play and has better speed than most realize. A team looking for a one-cut back in the middle-to-late rounds may focus on him.
Inside: Good feet to feel his way to a hole inside. Goes downhill with a burst through the line when inside holes are available. Runs a bit high but gets his pads down for contact. Not a typical short-yardage back but gives effort, even dragging defenders, to get the extra yard. Runs Tulane's version of Wildcat formation, called the Pelican, along with WR Jeremy Williams. Lacks great lateral quickness. Good vertical to jump over piles at the goal line.
Outside: Shows patience following fullbacks or pulling guards. Able to make one cut to head upfield, although he could improve his vision to find the hole. Carries the ball in outside hand. Shifty enough to avoid smaller defenders in space. Does not have breakaway speed but is fast enough to bounce outside to get 12-15 yards or take advantage of open field in front of him on inside runs.
Breaking tackles: Keeps his legs moving and leans his body forward through contact to get extra yardage or break free for a big gain. Usually falls forward. Side steps defenders in the hole at times. Does not accelerate immediately after breaking a tackle near the line, giving time for other defenders to arrive.
Blocking: Has the size to be an effective blocker, but does not play with great intensity in this area. Gets in the way and will give a push but doesn't sustain. Can chip on blitzers or on the edge to help linemen. Hustles downfield to help block but doesn't always find someone to hit.
Receiving: Used often as a receiver, but mostly on shuttle passes, screen passes and throws in the flat. Inconsistent hands on anything more, especially passes with a lot of zip that he has to catch away from his body. Lines up on the outside occasionally to spread out defense, but not because he has receiver-like skills. Tough runner after the catch with decent speed outside. Fast enough to take away angle from oncoming linebackers and able to run over defensive backs.
Intangibles: Quiet but competitive, positive and hard-working young man who the coaches rave about. Rehabbed diligently from shoulder injury to return healthy for 2009.
Anderson started all 12 games in 2009 and led the team in rushing attempts (238), yards (1,016) and rushing touchdowns (8), while ranking second in all-purpose yards (1,246), third in both catches (30) and receiving yards (230), and tied for third in touchdown catches (1). His 2009 numbers rank fourth in the Tulane single-season record book in carries (238) and sixth in rushing yards (1,016). Anderson ranked ninth among C-USA running backs in rushing yards per game (84.7) and tallied a season-best 199 rushing yards - which ranks 14th in Tulane single-game history - and a career-best four touchdowns on 28 carries against McNeese State. He was a Doak Walker Award candidate for the second straight season and is a repeat All C-USA honorable mention. With Anderson rushing for 1,016 yards and WR Jeremy Williams finishing with 1,113 receiving yards, it marked the first time in the 116-year history of the TU football program that the Green Wave produced a 1,000 yard rusher and 1,000 yard receiver in a single season.
Started the first seven games of the year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in the second quarter against Rice… named a Doak Walker Award candidate and was an honorable mention All C-USA performer… selected as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29… rushed for 864 yards and seven touchdowns on 174 carries (5.0 ypc) and registered 25 receptions for 202 yards and a touchdown… galloped for a career long 72-yard score at UTEP… at the time of his injury, he ranked first among C-USA running backs in rushing (142.0) and all-purpose yards (175.67) and was fourth nationally in both categories… rushed for 100 or more yards in four games, including two contests with 200+ yards and owned two of the nation's top rushing performances with 219 yards vs. SMU and 255 yards at UTEP… the 219 yards vs. SMU ranks seventh on the school's single game rushing list, while the 255 yards is fourth… his 864 yards in 2008 ranks 11th on the school's single season rushing charts.
Saw action in last nine games of the 2007 season, running for 91 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and had one catch for 25 yards.
Played in six games and rushed 18 times for 38 yards and one touchdown... scored his first collegiate touchdown vs. Army... rushed for a season-high 29 yards on seven carries at Tulsa... reeled off the longest rush of his career with nine yards in the Tulsa game.
2009: Season-ending fractured and dislocated right shoulder against Rice.
First team all-DeKalb County and named to the Prep Star All-Region team... earned Most Valuable Offensive Back honors as a junior and was selected as his team's most outstanding offensive player in the second half of the season... an all-DeKalb County choice in 2004 and was a nominee for the Wendy's High School Heisman. Honorable mention all-state that season... as a senior, rushed for 1,827 yards and 16 touchdowns while catching eight passes for 88 yards... tallied 1,042 rushing yards and seven TDs as a junior... career totals include 2,970 rushing yards and 24 rushing scores with 10 catches... as a senior, Stephenson won 12 straight games and advanced to the state high school semifinals... earned letters in track and soccer and was named defensive MVP of the soccer team... top Scholar-Athlete on the varsity track team... member of the school's honor roll every year... follows Stephenson alums Anthony Cannon, Sean Lucas and Israel Route to Tulane.
Majoring in computer information systems... born May 1, 1988, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.... one of seven children of Sefton and Curline Anderson... named to the 2007 Tulane 3.0 Club and was selected to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.