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Sir Henry Anderson

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 306 | College: Oregon State
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With two injury-free seasons under his belt, Anderson was able to live up to the potential he showed during his high school days. A right forearm fracture wiped out his 2002 season and a cracked radius in his arm limited him throughout the 2003 campaign, but when healthy, he was a dominant force at the right defensive tackle position.

Anderson competed as a defensive end and offensive tackle at McClymonds High School.

He earned All-Region honors from Prep Stars and was selected first-team All-Oakland Athletic League, All-East Bay and All-Metro. He was also a member of the Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop" top 20 list.

Anderson lettered and started three years in football. He registered 14.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss as a senior. He was also a two-year starter on the basketball team as a power forward. As a senior, he ranked in the league's top five in scoring and rebounding.

Anderson redshirted in 2001 at Oregon State and sat out the 2002 season with a right arm fracture. He missed the first two games of the 2003 season after fracturing the radius in his arm during fall camp and never really recovered that year. He finished that season with seven tackles (5 solos) and 3.5 stops for losses.

Anderson took over right defensive tackle chores in 2004, starting 11 regular season games. But he was ruled academically ineligible for the Insight Bowl and spent the winter session improving his grades at Linn-Benton Community College. He finished the 2004 campaign with 23 tackles (9 solos) and three stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Having regained his eligibility, Anderson had a fine senior season. He collected 35 tackles (23 solos) with a career-high 4.5 sacks and 11 stops for losses. He caused a fumble, blocked a kick and deflected three passes. In 32 games with the Beavers, Anderson started 22 times. He finished his career with 65 tackles (37 solos), six sacks for minus-43 yards and 17.5 stops for losses of 69 yards.


Positives: Has broad shoulders, thick chest, wide waist, big bubble, long arms and large hands … Has the hand strength to lock on, push and jerk blockers out of his way, doing a good job of stacking and controlling … Has a low charge coming off the snap to get underneath and drive blockers back into the pocket … Has the short burst to shoot the gaps and fights pressure well when he keeps his arms active … His low center of gravity lets him play with leverage, and he shows improvement using his hands to cross face and separate … Can create a pile with his body mass and fights hard through blocks … Shows good counter moves on the bull rush and while not regarded as a pass rusher, he has enough ability to push the pocket.

Negatives: Was more focused in 2005, but has marginal work habits … Lacks balance to make plays in space and will get blown off the ball when he gets too high in his stance … Loses sight of the ball when battling in the trenches and does not have the change of direction agility to recover … Stamina issues are evident, as he does throttle down when not involved in the play and was used mostly in a three-man rotation to keep fresh …

Lacks the sudden burst needed to get down the line and flatten … Best inside the box, as he does not have the speed or body control to make plays along the perimeter … Uses his hands well to defeat blocks, but must be more active with them to protect his legs on the move (susceptible to cut blocks) … Soft midsection gets in the way sometimes when trying to bend his knees (more of a waist bender) … Takes long stretches of plays off (see 2005 Washington State, California and UCLA games).

Anderson has a wide-body frame with a big bubble, wide hips and long arms, but needs lower body development. He is a solid run defender who is best when stationary at the line of scrimmage. He lacks lateral range to be effective in long pursuit and while he comes off the line with a steady, low charge, he lacks suddenness to quickly gain advantage.

He is a physical plugger who occupies multiple blockers, but does lose sight of the ball at times when battling along the line. His best asset is his low center of gravity, which allows him to play with leverage. He can create a pile when he keeps his pad level down, but will get pushed back by a strong reach block when he gets upright (loses balance on the move).

He can stack and control, but is a little inconsistent with his body control on contact. He has the hand strength to control blockers and can create a pile, but lacks ideal knee bend when trying to hold at the point of attack (soft midsection gets in the way). He is an inconsistent tackler who will reach, grab and drag down rather than wrap and secure.

Anderson has the power to push guards and centers back into the pocket, but is not the type that can consistently close the deal on the passer. He is more of a bull rusher with a decent swim move to gain gap penetration. His marginal body control is evident when he has to run long distances, as he fails to accelerate to close on the play.

Anderson has the size and frame that could be better utilized in a one-and-three technique alignment. He can be a decent pocket pusher who could disrupt a play or two, but will never be confused for being a pass rusher. Injuries wiped out his first two seasons and he has a disliking for classroom work. He is not the most instinctive defender around, but the "light" seemed to have been turned on more often in 2005 than in the past. He is a second-day draft projection who will be taken more for his athletic ability than for his limited production.

Career Notes

Really came into his own the last two seasons, producing 58 of his 65 career sacks and 14 of his 17.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage during that time.

2005 Season

Second-team All-Pac 10 Conference selection … Started every game at right defensive tackle … Recorded a career-high 35 tackles (23 solos) … Also posted career-highs with 4.5 sacks for minus-30 yards and 11 stops for losses of 45 yards … Had two quarterback pressures and a forced fumble … Deflected three passes and blocked a kick.

2005 Game Analysis

Portland State … Began the season with five tackles (3 solos) and a pass defection, taking down tailback Joe Rubin behind the line of scrimmage once … Head to Head Competition -- G Brennan Carvalho.

Boise State … Added four hits, including one that stopped tailback Ian Johnson for a 1-yard loss … Head to Head Competition -- G Tad Miller.

Louisville … Limited to two tackles, but one took down QB Brian Brohm for a 6-yard loss on a draw play … Head to Head Competition -- G Jason Spitz.

Arizona State … Produced three tackles with a pair of stops for losses of 12 yards, including a 10-yard sack of QB Sam Keller … Head to Head Competition -- G Stephen Berg.

Washington State … Managed only two assisted tackles and a pressure … Head to Head Competition -- G Sean O'Connor.

California … Started, but did not record any tackles … Head to Head Competition -- G Erik Robertson.

UCLA … Continued to struggle, coming up with only two assisted tackles … Head to Head Competition -- G Shannon Tevaga.

Arizona … Made three hits (2 assists) … Head to Head Competition -- G Adam Hawes.

Washington … Registered three solo tackles, twice taking down tailback James Sims behind the line of scrimmage … Head to Head Competition -- G Stanley Daniels.

Stanford … Had possibly the best game of his career, coming up with seven tackles (4 solos), two sacks for minus-14 yards, three stops for losses of 17 yards, a forced fumble and a blocked kick … Tackled fullback Nick Frank for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter … Sacked QB Trent Edwards for a 9-yard loss on a third-and-1 play in the second quarter, causing a fumble that Stanford recovered. Six plays later, Anderson was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul on Edwards, and the Stanford QB then fired a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jay McCullum … Blocked a fourth quarter 38-yard field goal attempt by Michael Sgroi … With 6:01 left to play, he stopped tailback J.R. Lemon behind the line of scrimmage and on the next play, sacked QB T.C. Olander for a 4-yard loss, forcing Stanford to punt … Head to Head Competition -- G Josiah Vinson.

Oregon … Closed out his career with four tackles (2 solos) … Sacked QB Brady Leaf for a 4-yard loss on a third-and-7 play, forcing the Ducks to punt midway through the second quarter … Teamed with linebacker Trent Bray to sack Leaf for a 4-yard loss on a third-and-3 play at the start of the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition -- G Josh Tschirgi.

2004 Season

Started the first 11 games at right defensive tackle, but was suspended from the team for the Insight Bowl due to academic ineligibility … Spent the 2005 winter semester at Linn-Benton Community College, improving his grades … Finished with 23 tackles (9 solos), 1.5 sacks for minus-13 yards and three stops for losses of 16 yards.

2004 Game Analysis

LSU and Southern California … Registered three tackles in each game.

Arizona State … Had a stop behind the line of scrimmage and four tackles (2 solos).

California and Washington … Posted a pair of stops in each game.

Arizona … Sacked QB Richard Kovalcheck for a 9-yard loss and produced three tackles.

Oregon … Posted another three tackles and assisted in sacking QB Kellen Clemens for a 4-yard loss.

2003 Season

Played in the team's final 10 games as a reserve defensive tackle … Sat out the first two games vs. Sacramento State and Fresno State after suffering a broken radius bone in his arm during August camp … Recorded seven tackles (5 solos) with 3.5 stops for losses of 8 yards … Had a pair of tackles and 1.5 stops for minus-3 yards vs. Stanford … Added a stop for a 3-yard loss vs. California and one for minus-2 yards vs. Southern California.

2002 Season

Sat out the year after suffering a right forearm fracture on August 17th that required surgery.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2002: Missed the season after undergoing surgery to repair a right forearm fracture suffered during practice (8/17).

2003: Missed the first two games, vs. Sacramento State and Fresno State, after cracking the radius in his arm (8/14) during fall camp.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.27 in the 40-yard dash … 385-pound bench press … 500-pound squat … 34 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … 18/48 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.) High School, playing football for head coach Alonzo Carter … Competed as a defensive end and offensive tackle … Earned All-Region honors from Prep Stars and was selected first-team All-Oakland Athletic League, All-East Bay and All-Metro … Member of the Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop" top 20 list … Lettered and started three years in football … Registered 14.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss as a senior … Also a two-year starter on the basketball team as a power forward … As a senior, he ranked in the league's top five for scoring and rebounding.


Sociology major … Son of Henry and Fortress Anderson … Born 10/16/82 in Oakland, California.


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