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David Anderson

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 192 | College: Colorado State
 
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Overview

Anderson is an unheralded athlete, but any pro scout who has seen him perform in recent years can tell you that he has possibly the best hands of any receiver in the country. Over the last two seasons, Anderson has 120 receptions while dropping just two passes. A fearless special teams player, Anderson's ability to elevate and time the punt has resulted in a pair of crucial blocked kicks during his time on the coverage unit.

Anderson has not only starred on the football field for the Rams, but has also garnered school, conference and national academic honors. The blue chip talent plays with a blue collar work ethic and despite giving up considerable bulk, he has become a fan favorite for some devastating crack blocks.

The son of a former Olympic track performer, Anderson was an All-West Region selection by Super Prep as a senior at Thousand Oaks High School. He earned All-Conference honors three times and All-State accolades twice. He holds all of the school's season and career receiving records and was highly sought after by almost all Pac-10 Conference and Mountain West Conference schools.

Anderson was twice named team and league Most Valuable Player, adding All-County honors as a senior. He was selected to play in the California-Florida All-Star Game after his senior year. During his final campaign, Anderson snatched 83 passes for 1,130 yards and nine touchdowns. He also excelled in the classroom, graduating as an honor student with a 3.83 grade point average.

As a true freshman at Colorado State, Anderson appeared in all fourteen games, including ten contests on offense. He was named to the Academic All-Mountain West Conference team, as he grabbed eight receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown. He also made eight tackles (5 solos) and blocked a punt that rolled out of the end zone for a safety.

In 2003, Anderson became the first Ram since 1992 to gain over 1,000 yards receiving. The All-MWC first-team pick led the conference with 1,293 receiving yards (99.5 per game) while catching 72 passes, both good for single-season school records. His eight touchdown catches that year rank fifth on CSU's single-season record list. He also gained 174 yards on thirteen kickoff returns (13.4 avg) and 16 yards on three punt returns while posting a pair of tackles.

As a junior, Anderson was a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. The All-MWC second-team pick led the team with 57 catches for 940 yards (16.5 avgt) and a pair of scores. He picked up 69 yards on 20 punt returns, 46 yards on two kickoff returns and also threw a 34-yard touchdown pass.

In 2005, Anderson again led the team with 86 receptions for 1,221 yards and eight touchdowns, nearly double the next-best player on the team in each category.

Analysis

Positives: Has good upper body thickness and solid overall muscle definition … Hard worker in the training room whose work ethic pushes his other teammates to excel … More quick than fast, but is an effortless runner with good foot movement, balance and body control … Gets quick separation after the catch with his hip swerve and plant-and-drive ability … Shows the change of direction agility and field vision to settle into the soft spot of the zone … Natural hands catcher who does a fine job of getting to the ball at its high point and away from the body's frame … Has excellent vision working up field, showing the savvy, route bend and hip snap to set up his moves … Does a very good job of uncovering when working underneath and rocks the defensive back on his heels with his ability to cut, redirect and accelerate coming out of his breaks … Does a very good job of tracking the ball and looking it in over his shoulder … Has that fearless attitude to maintain concentration while competing for the ball in traffic … Highly intelligent athlete who has no problems taking the play from the board to the field … Physical, scrappy in-line blocker who maintains balance and base taking on defensive linemen in run support … Is even more aggressive as a crack blocker, reminding me of NFL Hall of Fame member Lance Alworth for his ability to consistently neutralize linebackers in the second level … Has enough lower body power and leg drive to break arm tackles.

Negatives: More quick than fast, lacking the sudden explosion to elude, but still manages to get free by setting up his moves with his hip swerve and head fakes … Might be better suited for underneath and intermediate routes due to a lack of blazing speed, but does manage to find a way to separate … Does not have ideal height, but is reliable at timing his leaps to get to the ball at its highest point.

Anderson has a thick upper body with good overall muscle definition. He is a tough, durable athlete with possibly the best hands of any receiver in the country, with only two dropped passes over the last two years. He compensates for a lack of ideal height with excellent leaping ability and impressive field smarts. He is consistent at timing his jumps to compete for the ball at the high point and does an excellent job with ball security before heading up field.

He has surprising strength for a receiver and is known for his superb crack blocking ability clearing the way for the Rams' running backs. He is a highly intelligent player who scans the field well and has a knack for settling into the soft spot of the zone. Anderson has a dangerous arm for the option pass and utilizes his leaping skills as a kick blocker on special teams.

Anderson has that strong work ethic and toughness that pushes him to compete hard and show urgency getting to the ball. He knows all of his teammates' assignments and is called a coach on the field by the CSU staff for his ability to read defensive schemes and make proper adjustments before the ball is snapped.

He is more quick than fast, but takes no wasted steps getting into his route progression and has that strong hand push to prevent the bigger cornerbacks from jamming him at the line. He gets into his routes instantly and has the ability to get to top speed in a hurry. He has excellent body control, maintaining balance and keeping his feet in bounds on sideline catches. His crisp cutting ability coming out of his breaks allows him to get separation on the defender and he does a very good job of breaking off his route and working back when the quarterback is pressured.

Anderson has a fluid running stride and keeps his feet when making sharp cuts. He is a natural hands catcher who will extend and pluck away from the body's frame. He secures the ball well before running and keeps his pads low to prevent the defenders from staying in their backpedal for too long. As a blocker, he has true aggression in his technique. He will not hesitate to face up to defensive linemen, but it is his "heat-seeking missile" ability in the open field that has helped him develop into one of the best crack blockers in the collegiate game.

Because of his leaping ability, his height is not a liability competing for the ball vs. the bigger cornerbacks. He might need to improve his timed speed for the next level, but he has enough quickness off the line and the body control to easily separate after the catch, which is evident by the 589 yards he has gained after the catch (1,857 yards total) over the last two seasons.

Career Notes

While appearing in 47 games for the Rams, Anderson saw action on offense in 43 of those contests … Holds the school career records with 200 receptions for 3,330 yards, topping the previous marks of 191 catches for 3,163 yards by Greg Primus (1989-92) … His 20 touchdown catches rank third in CSU annals behind Jeff Champine (21, 1980-83) and Mark R. Bell (23, 1975-78) … Also holds the school single-season records with 1,282 yards on 72 receptions in 2003, surpassing the old marks of 69 catches by Keli McGregor in 1983 and 1,193 yards by Willie Miller in 1974. He then broke his own record with 86 receptions in 2005 … His nine touchdown catches in 2003 rank behind Champine (10 in 1981) on the school's single-season record list … Anderson's 232 yards vs. Brigham Young in 2004 was the second-best game performance in CSU history, topped only by Greg Primus (256 vs. Hawaii in 1991) … His twelve receptions vs. Brigham Young in 2004 and vs. Colorado in 2005 are two shy of Champine's school game-record of fourteen vs. New Mexico in 1983 … His fifteen 100-yard receiving games broke the old school career-record of thirteen by Willie Miller (1972-74).

2005 Season

All-American third-team and All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … Rated as the receiver with the best hands in college football by The Poor Man's Guide to the NFL Draft … Led the team for the third consecutive year with 76 receptions for 1,221 yards and eight touchdowns … Anderson broke his own single-season school record for receptions. (72 in 2003).

2005 Game Analysis

Colorado … The split end opened the season in explosive fashion, matching his career-high with twelve catches, good for 119 yards and a touchdown … Six of those grabs were good for first downs, including three that converted third-down plays … Had three catches for at least 20 yards … Beat cornerback Lorenzo Sims to snatch a 1-yard scoring strike from QB Justin Holland with 0:35 left in the first half to cap a 9-play, 68-yard drive … With 1:30 remaining in the game, Anderson hauled in 23 and 24-yard passes to set up Holland's 9-yard touchdown pass to Kory Sperry that concluded an 80-yard, 8-play drive, but Holland would then throw an interception with 0:04 remaining, as Colorado downed CSU, 31-28 … Buffs QB Joel Klatt commented after the game, "Today really shows you how good (Justin) Holland and (David) Anderson really are. They're a great duo and I made a point to go shake their hands after the game because I've respected them over the past few years; they'll definitely beat some teams this year." … Head to Head Competition: CB Lorenzo Sims.

Minnesota … Snared four passes for 58 yards, including a 9-yarder over a pair of defenders that helped set up a 33-yard scoring strike to Dustin Osborn by QB Justin Holland in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition: CB Jamal Harris.

Nevada … Gained 68 yards on six catches, including three grabs that resulted in first downs … The Rams' third touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run by Tristan Walker, came one play after David Anderson blocked Justin Bergendahl's punt and CSU cornerback Zac Bryson recovered it on the 1-yard-line in the first quarter. It was Colorado State's first blocked punt since David had one vs. New Mexico in 2002 … Head to Head Competition: CB

Kevin Stanley.

Air Force … Totaled 105 yards and two scores as five of his seven catches resulted in first downs … Had two other crucial catches that helped set up CSU touchdown drives … Anderson's 105 yards marked the twelfth time in his career that he gained over 100 yards in a game, ranking second on the school's career record list … Scored his first touchdown on a 19-yard toss from Justin Holland in the third quarter and had a 23-yard touchdown catch with 1:14 left in that quarter … At the start of the fourth quarter, Anderson delivered a devastating crack block that leveled safety John Tiabi to spring tailback Kyle Bell for a 30-yard scoring run … Had a critical third-down grab for a 45-yard gain and a first down to set up Bell's 9-yard touchdown run with 6:10 left to play … Head to Head Competition: CB Chris Sutton.

Utah … Hauled in eight passes for 120 yards and a touchdown, gaining 52 yards after the catch … Three of his first first-down catches came on third-down plays and three of his grabs were for at least 20 yards … QB Justin Holland found Anderson in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown pass to give CSU its first lead of the game, 15-14, with 11:16 remaining, a score that Anderson set up with an 8-yard gain on a reverse the previous play … Head to Head Competition: CB Eugene Oates.

Brigham Young … Made five catches for 54 yards and a 19-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter … Also made a key play with 2:01 left in the game, tackling linebacker David Tafuna after the BYU defender stripped the ball from CSU receiver Johnny Walker on a 17-yard catch … Head to Head Competition: CB Nathan Soelberg.

Wyoming … Caught six passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, gaining a very impressive 91 yards after the catch … Four of his grabs resulted in first downs, including two coming on third-down plays … Made a diving grab for a 15-yard gain on a third-down play to set up a 34-yard field goal by Kevin Mark at the start of the second quarter … On a third quarter drive, Anderson snared 6 and 45-yard passes to set up Justin Holland's 5-yard scoring lob to Kory Sperry … In the fourth quarter, Anderson hauled in an 82-yard reception to put the Rams ahead 33-24 with 13:06 remaining. Holland found Anderson at midfield and he ran untouched into the end zone when defenders Julius Stinson and Brandon Bell collided trying to make the tackle … Head to Head Competition: CB Derrick Martin.

New Mexico … Followed with eight receptions for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns … Had six first-down grabs, including a conversion of two third-down plays … Gained 64 yards after the catch … Had 20 and 10-yard catches before drawing UNM's Quincy Black into a penalty, followed by a 9-yarder that gave Jason Smith the field position needed to boot a 30-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter … Followed with a 13-yard second quarter touchdown grab … Caught a third-and-6 pass from QB Justin Holland at the start of the fourth quarter for a 15-yard touchdown that capped off Colorado State's second half rally in a 35-25 win over New Mexico. That drive was set up thanks to a fumble by Lobos All-American tailback DonTrell Moore at the CSU 41 that set up the Rams' winning score. Darryl Williams recovered the fumble and four plays later Holland hit Anderson in the back of the end zone … Head to Head Competition: CB Gabriel Fulbright.

Texas Christian … Gained 95 yards as all seven of his catches were good for first downs, including one that converted a fourth-down play … Also attempted a pass … Anderson forced TCU cornerback Drew Coleman to be penalized for pass interference, then added a 16-yard catch and a 2-yard reverse to set up Jason Smith's 39-yard field goal in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition: CB Drew Coleman.

2004 Season

All-Mountain West Conference second-team and Academic All-MWC first-team choice … Semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the best receiver in college football … Led the team for the second consecutive year with 57 receptions for 970 yards (16.5 avg) and a pair of touchdowns … Gained over 100 yards in four contests, including a career-high 232 vs. Brigham Young … 42 of his catches resulted in first downs, including ten coming on third-down plays … Had 17 catches for 20 yards or longer … Returned 20 punts for 69 yards (3.5 avg) and two kickoffs for 46 yards (23.0 avg), but also fumbled twice in special teams action.

2004 Game Analysis

Colorado … Began the year with nine catches for 156 yards, picking up 34 of those yards after the catch … All nine of his grabs resulted in first downs … Made a sensational third-down grab for 16 yards and a first down in the first quarter, as he was hit, spun through the air and landed on his head, but bounced right back up … Head to Head Competition: CB Gerett Burl.

Southern California … Even though CSU failed to find the end zone, Anderson was the lone bright spot on offense, making another nine catches for 137 yards vs. one of the premier defenses in the country … Seven of his grabs resulted in first downs, including one on a third-down play … Beat cornerback Ronald Nunn to haul in a first quarter third-and-1 pass from QB Justin Holland for a 21-yard gain … Had a one-handed 22-yard catch in the third quarter before Holland killed the drive with an interception … Head to Head Competition: CB Ronald Nunn.

Minnesota … All five of his catches were good for first downs, adding 74 yards in the process … Made a diving grab in the third quarter for a 19-yard gain and repeated that four plays later with an 18-yard catch … Head to Head Competition: CB Trumaine Banks.

Montana State … Gained 66 yards on four receptions, converting two third-down grabs into first downs (had three total first downs) … The Rams tacked on a score on a spectacular Joel Dreessen reception and followed with a 12-yard Anderson touchdown to increase their lead and take a 27-7 advantage into the halftime break … Also caught a third-and-5 pass for 16 yards and a first down to set up Jeff Babcock's 34-yard field goal in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition: CB Ryan Force.

Brigham Young … Had perhaps the finest game of his career with twelve receptions for 232 yards and a 6-yard score, gaining 74 of those yards after the catch … Eight of his catches were good for first downs, including converting two third-down plays and five of his grabs were for 20 yards or longer … The Rams moved down the field quickly to get on the board for the first time of the night on a 6-yard touchdown pass from QB Justin Holland to Anderson … With his 232 yards Anderson, became only the fourth player in school history to top the 200-yard plateau in a single game. Only Greg Primus (256 vs. Hawaii in 1991) gained more yards receiving in a game for the Rams … Anderson's twelve catches are topped only by Jeff Champine's 14 vs. New Mexico in 1983 … Anderson also moved up to fourth all-time at CSU for receiving yards with 2,138 … Head to Head Competition: CB Brandon Heaney.

San Diego State … Held to 32 yards on three catches … Head to Head Competition: CB Marcus Demps.

Wyoming … For the first time in his career as a starter, Anderson did not catch any passes … Head to Head Competition: CB Derrick Martin.

New Mexico … Bounced back with 124 yards on seven catches, including three grabs that resulted in first downs … Converted a third-and-6 pass into a 28-yard gain, followed by a 21-yard catch during a third quarter drive … Head to Head Competition: CB Gabriel Fulbright.

Utah … Made two catches for 33 yards, but also fumbled a punt return … Drew cornerback Ryan Smith into a pass interference penalty to set up a 39-yard field goal by Jeff Babcock in the first quarter … Utah's Eric Weddle was also penalized for holding up Anderson on a third quarter toss by QB Justin Holland … Tackled Robert Herbert on a 25-yard kickoff return in the first quarter, but it was ruled no play as Utah was penalized for being offside … Another third quarter pass interference call vs. Ryan Smith on Holland's toss intended for Anderson set up a 1-yard touchdown run by CSU tailback Marcus Houston early in the fourth quarter … Anderson fumbled a punt in the second quarter, but quickly recovered the ball … Head to Head Competition: CB Eric Weddle.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Totaled 38 yards on five punt returns and 41 yards on two catches … Colorado State used a trick play to complete a 10-play, 86-yard drive on a first quarter possession. QB Caleb Hanie ran for 26 yards on the drive to set up a 34-yard touchdown pass from Anderson to Dustin Osborn. Anderson threw the ball to a wide open Osborn for a 34-yard score to put the Rams on top 14-0 with 5:58 to go in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition: CB Charles Ealy.

Air Force … Closed out the season with four catches for 45 yards … Three of those grabs were good for first downs … Head to Head Competition: CB Nate Allen.

2003 Season

All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection … Led the conference and set school single-season records with 72 receptions for 1,293 yards (18.0 avg), topping the previous marks of 69 catches by Keli McGregor in 1983 and 1,193 yards by Willie Miller in 1974 … It marked the first time since 1992 (Greg Primus, 1007 yards) that a Rams player gained over 1,000 yards in a season … Anderson became only the fourth player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards in a season, joining Miller, Primus (also had 1,081 yards in 1992) and Jeff Champine (1,002 in 1983) … Anderson's nine touchdowns are surpassed only by Champine's ten (1981) on the school's single-season record chart … Added 174 yards on thirteen kickoff returns (13.4 avg) and 16 yards on three punt returns (5.3 avg) … Also recorded a pair of tackles on special teams.

2003 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Colorado … Began the season by catching four passes for 142 yards and a 33-yard touchdown, setting up another score with a 46-yard grab.

California … Added 141 yards with a 25-yard touchdown on seven receptions, had a long grab of 42 yards, returned three punts for 16 yards and added 13 yards on a kickoff return.

Weber State … Totaled 52 yards on four grabs and 25 yards on a kickoff return.

Miami, Ohio … Hauled in five passes for 167 yards and touchdowns of 16 and 86 yards … His 86-yarder was the second-longest touchdown catch in school history, topped only by a 94-yard scoring grab by Ron Harris vs. Northern Colorado in 1977.

Utah … Followed with 85 yards on eight catches with a 4-yard score and returned a kickoff 18 yards.

Fresno State … Snared six passes for 87 yards and a 7-yard touchdown and gained 17 yards on a kickoff return.

Air Force … Amassed a season-high 199 yards on nine receptions, including a 5-yard touchdown and had a 16-yard kickoff return … His 199 yards rank fifth on the school's single-game record list, topped only by Greg Primus' 256 vs. Hawaii in 1991, Anderson's 232 vs. Brigham Young in 2004, Willie Miller's 230 vs. Arizona State in 1974 and Jeff Champine's 219 vs. Northern Colorado in 1983.

New Mexico … Collected 134 yards on seven catches with a 15-yard score and returned four kickoffs for 33 yards.

San Diego State … Added 77 yards on seven catches.

Boston College (San Francisco Bowl) … Grabbed ten passes as he went over the 100-yard mark for the fifth time in 2003, totaling 134 yards with a 40-yard touchdown … Also had a 12-yard kickoff return.

2002 Season

Named to the Academic All-MWC team with a 3.14 grade point average … Played in all fourteen games, seeing action in ten contests on offense … Made eight receptions for 180 yards (22.5 avg) and one touchdown … Recorded eight tackles (5 solos) on special teams and also blocked a punt.

2002 Game Analysis

Louisville … His first career reception was good for 14 yards … Also tackled linebacker Montavious Stanley after the defender recovered a fumble and gained 56 yards on a play that was caused when safety Curry Burns stripped the ball from CSU tailback Cecil Sapp.

Nevada … Added a 12-yard catch, but had a 15-yard grab nullified by a CSU penalty.

Fresno State … Gained 97 yards on two receptions, scoring his first career touchdown on a 70-yard third quarter bomb from QB Brad Van Pelt … Also tackled Clint Worrell after the defender gained 20 yards on an interception of a Justin Holland pass in the second quarter.

Brigham Young … Had a 12-yard grab and assisted Ben Mastropaolo in tackling Curtis Brown after a 24-yard return of the game's opening kickoff.

Air Force … Picked up 17 yards on a reception and ran down Bryan Blew after the returner gained 31 yards on a first quarter kickoff.

San Diego State … Followed with another 17-yard catch that set up a 31-yard touchdown run by QB Brad Van Pelt with 1:36 left in the first half … Tackled Kyle Conerly on a 4-yard punt return in the third quarter.

New Mexico … Blocked a Tyler Gaus punt that was recovered for a safety in the first quarter and took down Dwight Counter on a 4-yard punt return in the third quarter, assisting CSU's Matt Bartz on that play.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Had a 9-yard reception to set up a 3-yard touchdown run by James Sondrup in the first quarter … Assisted tight end Joel Dreessen in tackling Larry Croom for a 3-yard loss on a fourth quarter punt return.

Injury Report

No injuries reported … Player has never missed a game due to an injury.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.53 in the 40-yard dash … 340-pound bench press … 405-pound squat … 280-pound power clean … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 9'6" broad jump … 31 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed … 43/47 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Thousand Oaks (Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Sanders … All-West Region selection by Super Prep as a senior … Earned All-Conference honors three times and All-State accolades twice … Holds all of the school's season and career receiving records and was highly sought after by almost all Pac-10 Conference and Mountain West Conference schools … Twice named team and league Most Valuable Player, adding All-County honors as a senior … Selected to play in the California-Florida All-Star Game after his senior year … During his final campaign, Anderson caught 83 passes for 1,130 yards and nine touchdowns … Also excelled in the classroom, graduating as an honor student with a 3.83 grade point average.

Personal

Speech Communications major, earning school and conference academic honors with a 3.8 grade point average … Born David Kent Anderson on 7/28/83 … Resides in Westlake Village, California.

 
 
 

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