Anderson emerging as star for Louisville

The reason for Victor Anderson's emergence as a budding star may have been most evident in his post-game comments after the University of Louisville's 38-29 win over Kansas State on Wednesday night.

"I'm going to celebrate tonight and get back to work tomorrow," he said.

The redshirt freshman had plenty to celebrate after rushing for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns on only 18 carries against the Wildcats. But it's that "I'll be back at work tomorrow" ethic that may be the reason why Anderson now inspires new questions.


Victor Anderson has emerged as Louisville's
'big play' guy at running back this season.

Before the season many UofL fans were asking, "What can we expect out of Anderson?"

Now it's, "What can't we expect out of Anderson?"

"In the summer we knew what kind of player Vic was, now he's showing it," UofL senior quarterback Hunter Cantwell said.

He showed it against K-State as he averaged 9.8 yards per rush and shook off several would-be tacklers, including one on a 56-yard highlight TD-run in the third quarter that gave UofL a two-touchdown lead.

Asked afterward about that run, Anderson said that he couldn't really recall exactly what had happened.

"I just think about the next play," he said.

But that play helped UofL (2-1) maintain momentum after K-State had gained it briefly on Deon Murphy's 86-yard punt return for touchdown.

"We came into this game as the underdogs," Anderson said. "We just had to come out and play. We stayed together as a family. We worked hard and we came out and got a big victory."

And it was Anderson leading the way to that win, especially in the second half when he gained 131 yards on the ground. He added a 27- yard TD run early in the fourth quarter.

"In one play we missed five or six tackles, so it came back to bite us," Kansas State coach Ron Prince said. "They did a good job of running the ball in a variety of ways, multiple ways."

And afterward UofL coach Steve Kragthorpe said that with Anderson's ability to catch the football, he had two receptions for six yards, he is becoming a multiple-threat.

"Vic was really good again tonight," Kragthorpe said. "He did a good job of catching the ball and breaking tackles and he's becoming the total package. He can run between the tackles and you can see his speed that he has. Victor is becoming more of a complete player. He may be small in stature (5-foot-9, 182 pounds), but he can run it inside (too.)."

All aspects of Anderson's game were on display against the Wildcats despite the fact that he was running behind an offensive line that was missing two starters. Left tackle George Bussey and left guard Mark Wetterer both missed the game with high ankle sprains, but Greg Tomczyk and Josh Byrom filled in well.

"The offensive linemen prepared very well," Anderson said. "They worked all week in practice and they came out and played like they knew how...it starts up front with the big hogs who go out and block for us.

"We just wanted to keep our legs fresh and prepare well and come out and get a big victory."

Now Anderson, and the rest of the Cards, will try to get another win when they host Connecticut in their Big East opener next Friday.

"If the running backs keep running, the quarterback keeps throwing and the receivers keep catching it, then we will be able to get another big win," he said.


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