Anderson Set For Second Start

Back in the spring we watched as Chazz Anderson made a name for himself on the UC football team. Brian Kelly called him "in the hunt" for the starting quarterback job, competing with UC's top returning QBs. With Grutza and Pike now both out with injuries, Anderson has become the number one man in Bearcat land. Wednesday we caught up with Chazz as he prepares for his second career start.

Making his first collegiate start in a hostile environment at a Marshall "White Out," the common thought would be that starting at home in Nippert would be much easier a task for the red shirt freshman. Anderson, however, looks at it a little differently.

"I think it might be a little harder, actually," said Anderson of starting in his first game on Cincinnati's home field. "Now you've got to put on a show for your hometown."

Anderson would later clarify his statement, saying it may not actually be harder to play at home, just that he feels he'll be more pressured to deliver in the presence of 35,000 UC fans.

One word that epitomizes Anderson's practice this week: preparation.

"I've got a lot of need for improvement, but I've got five days to prepare for Rutgers," said Anderson. "You have to be prepared and you have to come out and play your very best."

Anderson and his teammate's past week's performance and preparation this week has lead coach Kelly to say the team is right where he thinks they should be entering Big East play.

"It means a great deal (for him to say that)," says Anderson. "You have to be prepared each and every week, and for him to say that it gives confidence to the whole football team."

Another full week of practice under his belt doesn't mean Anderson will try anything more complex or go deeper into the play book this weekend. Instead he's tried to just become consistent in what he's done all along.

"Just staying consistent, just staying within the progression and just believing in coach Kelly's system," said Anderson of what he tried to work on in practice Wednesday. "If you have to add one or two things then being prepared is the key."

If there were still any Bearcat fans out there not convinced that Anderson can lead the team to victory, know this: he will be more than prepared to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers this weekend.

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