CSDTV: Matt Anderson
VISALIA, Calif. -- Though he did not kick a single football during Saturday's Cal State Game for the North squad, California kicker commit Matt Anderson -- the No. 2 boot man in the country -- was in attendance on the sidelines, nursing a tight quad that only would have been exacerbated by the chilly weather and the unsure footing conditions at the Mineral King Bowl. Though Anderson practiced on Friday night, the quad was just too tight to risk going all-out in an all-star game.
Instead, Anderson will take a bit of a break before warming his golden piston back up again, in time for the Semper Fi Bowl on Jan. 4, when he will team up with fellow Cal State Game scratch and Cal commit Jared Goff, offensive lineman commit Erik Bunte, uncommitted offensive tackle Aaron Cochran, linebacker commit Victor Egu, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Austin Hooper (who, a source close to Hooper says, is 50/50 between the Bears and Stanford), tailback commit Khalfani Muhammad, wide receiver commit A.J. Richardson and wide receiver target John Ross on the West team, as they go up against the East.
But, before his trip down to Visalia and his eventual trip down to Carson, Calif., Anderson drove out to Berkeley and got a chance to sit down and speak in person with new special teams coordinator Mark Tommerdahl and head coach Sonny Dykes.
"I thought he was awesome," Anderson said of Tommerdahl. "He seems like a really nice guy and a great coach, and having a back-to-back Ray Guy Award winner, he's a good special teams coach. He mentioned that he's had seven Lou Groza Award semifinalists, and he seems like a definite players' coach. He seems like a great guy, and I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with him."
Anderson was impressed with the energy and excitement from both Tommerdahl and Dykes.
"Same thing. They're both awesome guys, super-energetic, really nice, so I think they're going to be great coaches, and I think the players are really going to like them," said Anderson.
Anderson also talked with the coaches about the kicking competition that will go down come spring.
"I'm going to come in and every day, we're going to compete, and that the depth chart is going to change every day," Anderson said of what Tommerdahl described his first semester as being. "If it's close, they'll start the older guy and I'll redshirt, but even redshirting is a huge opportunity for me to learn for a year and get stronger for a year and a half, actually. Either way it works out is going to be a huge benefit for me."
Anderson and Goff will move in to the dorms on January 16.
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