Running Back Prospect Showing Interest In Tigers

A new offense should mean bigger numbers for this football prospect from Louisiana.

Rayne, La.--Running back prospect Donovan Anderson says he is receiving attention from a variety of college football programs, including the Auburn Tigers.

The 5-11, 185-pounder from Rayne High School has always been a running back, but he is going through a football transition this spring as he learns a new offensive system.

"Basically, all I have played is running back," Anderson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I played a little my sophomore year, but not much. I was mainly a backup. My junior year we ran a Wing-T offense so I had to share carries with three other backs in the backfield, but I averaged around five yards per carry on about seven carries per game. Also, I had eight rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns."

Anderson, who has been clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, adds, "They just put in a new coaching staff and we are in our spring training right now and they got me in at both the tailback spot and the fullback spot because we have a new offense. We are going to be running the I-formation this year. I like it because now I feel like I am more involved in the offense and I can better help the team.

"The 2004 season started out strong," Anderson notes. "We went 4-1, but then we got to week six and the injury bug hit us pretty bad. We had a lot of our older guys go down so we had to play a lot of young people and that hurt us pretty bad. We ended up finishing our season 4-6."

Commenting on his style of play, Anderson says, "I think I'm a good third down back and a good north and south back. My favorite parts of the game are the contact and the speed of the game."

The running back notes that he grew up an LSU fan and plans to attend a summer football camp there, but says he plans to look at other colleges. He is also planning to attend in-state camps at Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and McNeese State. All of those colleges are recruiting him along with Air Force and Southern University.

When not playing football, Anderson competes in power lifting and track. "In power lifting, at nationals, I had a 275 bench press, a 400 squat and a 485 dead lift," he says. "We have won state the last two years as a team in power lifting. In track, I run the 4x200, the 200, the 4x400 and the 400. My best 200 time is a 23.2 and my best 400 time is a 52."

Anderson says that even though he has followed LSU growing up, he is keeping his options open. "I think just playing college football would be a dream opportunity for me," he says.

Commenting on Auburn, he says he has followed AU, particuarly in games vs. LSU. "I'm interested in the atmosphere and mostly the coaching staff because a successful program has to have a good coaching staff. I know they have had great running backs like Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown and I know they have a lot of great athletes. Also, around here LSU and Auburn is a big thing and I have gotten to watch them play at LSU a couple of times and it is pretty exciting."


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