1-on-1 with RT Kris Anderson

This spring the Vandals evaluated two athletes at right guard (junior Marcis Fennell and redshirt freshman Adam Juratovac), while last year's starting right guard KRIS ANDERSON moved from right guard to right tackle. VV.com caught up with Kris after the Silver and Gold Game to talk briefly about his transition to right tackle this spring.

When redshirt sophomore Kris Anderson (6-3, 295) joined the Vandals in 2004, he was listed most frequently as a tackle recruit prospect coming out of St. John Bosco High School. An All-Serra selection as senior, Kris was getting solid interest from UCLA and San Jose State (visited the Spartans before choosing Idaho), then verballed to Nick Holt and the Vandals during his recruiting trip (his host was Hank Therien). As a high school junior in 2002 Kris helped Bosco win the league crown as they defeated powerhouse Mater Dei, defeated Loyola for the first time since 1986, and beat Bishop Amat in La Puente for the first time ever. His senior season didn't fare as well, but they still finished 7-4 and made the CIF playoffs.

Kris was a critical member of his HS squad, and he's been a key member of the Vandals since arriving in the fall of '04.

Following his redshirt year (in which he suited up halfway through the season and was ready to play if necessary), last fall Kris took over as Idaho's starting right guard as a redshirt freshman in the season opener at Washington State and ended up starting nine games for the Vandals (missing two games due to injury). This spring, with more depth on the interior offensive line and starting right tackle Therien gone, Kris moved out to right tackle and has remained atop the right tackle depth chart throughout spring drills.

Even as depth continues to improve on the offensive line this fall (with freshmen like Bryce Sinclair and Kellen Beam getting stronger, and grayshirt freshman Mike Iupati, a mountain of a human being at 6-6, 320+ pounds likely joining the team this fall), Kris will be expected to remain at or near the top of the RT depth chart when practice resumes in preparation for the 2006 season opener at Michigan State.

Redshirt sophomore Kris Anderson topped the right tackle depth chart all spring.

PH: So how has the move to right tackle from right guard been this spring?

KA: It's a little different. I mean, you're facing different guys, a different type [of player]; different size and strength. But they're faster too so it's a different set. I was kind of struggling at the beginning of spring with it, but towards the end I felt more comfortable with it and everything's coming along. I really like it.

PH: Is right tackle a little bit more comfortable of a position for you?

KA: Yeah. I'm starting to get real comfortable in it, in the pass set, and the guys you're blocking are a little smaller; so on run blocking it's a little easier.

PH: How about the change in coaching?

KA: It's awesome. Coach Erickson, coach Smith. Everyone he's brought in, the new guys, and the guys he's kept around make the whole atmosphere. It's a great atmosphere. When we practice it's like we're practicing like a big league team. Everything is just professional. It's like we're just a big time program now.

PH: How's redshirt freshman Adam Juratovac doing in there at right guard this spring?

KA: You know, he's doing good.

PH: He's filling some pretty big shoes.

KA: Yeah. He definitely is [laughter – Juratovac and Fennell are battling for the right guard position Anderson started at last year]. With him, the thing that's good about him is he's going to make mistakes, but he never makes the same mistake twice. He'll make that mistake, but then he won't make it again, and that makes me feel good about him, and I know he feels good about what's going on out there too.

PH: And junior Marcis Fennell? How's Marcis doing in there this spring?

KA: Marcis is solid. He just a solid O-lineman [Marcis started two games as a true freshman in 2004, and played in most games last fall for Idaho as a true sophomore]. Either one of them. I like playing right next to both of them. They're both real good O-linemen.

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