Anderson a more complete back this season

Victor Anderson had a huge freshman season last year, earning Big East Freshman of the Year honors. Now as a sophomore, Anderson is a more complete running back who is ready to carry an even bigger load for the Louisville offense.

What will Louisville sophomore running back Victor Anderson do for an encore this season after rushing for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman? If fall camp is an indication, Anderson could be poised for a lot more this season.

"Vic has had a great training camp," Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said earlier this week. "He's worked his tail off every single day and he's become a leader on our offense. He's been a little bit banged up and has battled through some nicks and bumps during training camp but I think Vic's poised to have an excellent season."

Anderson recorded five 100-yard games last season, including a 176-yard, three touchdown outing in a win over Kansas State. For the season, Anderson rushed for 1,047 and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

This season, though, Anderson won't have Brock Bolen to share the load. While Kragthorpe thought Anderson received a little too much of the workload late in the 2008 season after Bolen was injured, the UofL coach now believes the 5'10, 190-pound St. Xavier product is prepared to take on a much big role in the offense this season.

"I think Victor has done a great job preparing himself for this season," said Kragthorpe. "He knows a little more it's going to take a toll on his body. I thought he had a good summer in the weight room getting stronger and more physical and remaining as quick as he's always been."

Anderson has also made strides since last season rounding out his game, something that should help keep him on the field in different situations and formations this year.

"He understands what we're doing from an offensive standpoint and he has a good understanding what the defense is trying to do," Kragthorpe said. "He's become a much better pass protector and a guy that can catch the ball. He has one of the most natural set of hands on our football team. He's becoming a very complete player for us."

While his size might indicate otherwise, Anderson has an extremely tough running style. He can turn the corner with his speed but he'll just as often mix it up inside with defenders for tough yards.

"I knew when we recruited Victor that he was a guy that could press the edge and make plays on the perimeter but I wasn't sure how well he would run the ball between the tackles," Kragthorpe said. "He's tremendous inside the tackles. He's a pound it runner for a guy that doesn't have that stature. And he is extremely explosive. He can go from 0 to 60 very quickly and he's versatile. He's an extremely tough runner between the tackles."

With Kragthorpe calling plays this season, Anderson should expect to get the ball as much as possible.

"In terms of the number of touches I've got some numbers in mind that I'd like to get him," Kragthorpe said. "In terms of minimizing his touches I really don't want to do that."

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