Anderson Continues to Impress

Katy (Tex.) 2015 running back Rodney Anderson has had an impressive season and is garnering attention from some big-time programs...

Katy (Tex.) put on quite the show versus Houston (Tex.) Langham Creek in the second round of playoffs, shutting out the Lobos 49-0. Though the Tigers' team has a few standout players, 2015 running back Rodney Anderson held his own, racking up over 100 yards of offense for a rushing and a receiving touchdown.

"We just wanted to make a statement to all the other teams in our division that we are looking to make a strong run in playoffs and take it all the way. That shutout really helped," he said.

A traditional football powerhouse, the season has been especially successful for the undefeated Tigers, who are currently ranked fourth on the FOX Sports NEXT Top 50 rankings.

"It's kind of been our saying that we have to stay hungry all the time and that we're looking get better every week in practice. We're trying to stay healthy; we've had some injuries, but we've had some people step up and we've handled the situations very well," said Anderson.

Though he has played behind Nebraska-bound receiver Adam Taylor this season, Anderson has also found a new spot in the slot, and has comfortably adjusted to playing both positions.

"My decision making has improved this season. With Adam Taylor coming back, they have used me a lot more in the slot, and I've come a long way since the beginning of the season in getting down all my plays," he said.

He thinks it's that ability to play multiples roles for the team that makes him unique as a player.

"I'm a versatile player who can be used in different positions on the field. I can give Adam a break at running back when he needs it and still be able to contribute when he is on the field," he said.

The 6-foot, 195-pound credits his coaches and teammates, including Taylor, for allowing him to make such an impact on the field as an underclassman.

"I've learned a lot from Adam. Last year he really helped me in getting my plays down and this year he's helped me stay motivated. We're good friends and we help each other out as much as we can.

"This season has been a great experience. I love playing at Katy; the school is great, the coaches are great, and my teammates are awesome, as well. I love being with the team, winning with the team. It's a great feeling to experience with my teammates," he said.

It's no surprise that his talent has already garnered a few collegiate looks from some big-time programs.

"I've been hearing from a few schools. I went to Alabama's camp last year and I've been hearing from them frequently. I've been hearing from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Baylor, as well. I'm pretty interested in Alabama and OU, but I'm keeping my options very open. I still have two more years," he said.

One of those programs is actually Anderson's childhood favorite.

"I grew up a fan of Alabama because my uncle played there. I like how they use their running backs; they stay with two running backs pretty frequently and give them their carries. They use the passing game and running game to complement each other," he said.

At this point, he's not even sure at what position he'd play in college.

"I see myself playing running back, but I could also play slot. I will play wherever I can get in," he said.

Anderson and the Tigers face an 11-1 Laporte (Tex.) team this weekend in the third round of playoffs.


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