Though his role wasn't as big against UConn, Anderson played through the pain to give Powell an occasional breather. Anderson carried five times for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Huskies and hopes to be healthy this weekend against the Bearcats.
"I'm feeling good," Anderson said. "I've been getting treatment all week. For the most part it's just going to take a little rest for my knee to get better. It's just a little aggravation it's not a major issue."
Anderson is critical to Louisville's chances against Cincinnati, who has been stingy on defense this season. The Bearcats rank 13th in the nation in scoring defense, giving up just 14.33 points per game.
Anderson leads Louisville with 424 rushing yards on just 74 carries this season. He ranks 6th in the Big East and is 65th nationally in rushing yards per game and recorded a season-long 37 yard run vs. UConn.
"I've played through injuries before and I'm going to play through injuries now," Anderson said. "I'm going to play my heart out. Football is a physical game and if they're not nicked and banged up right now they're not really trying."
Despite his injury, Anderson averaged 10.8 yards per carry against UConn.
"I thought he showed great toughness in the game," said Kragthorpe. "I was proud of him the way he persevered through the pain and injury. It showed me a lot about his toughness."
Louisville definitely needs a healthy Anderson in the lineup. The Cardinals are 2-4 this season and will be looking for their first conference win against Cincinnati after dropping their first two league games this season against Pittsburgh and UConn.
"Right now we're going through a tough situation with our team," Anderson said. "We're finding it hard to win ball games but we're working hard in practice. Turnovers and penalties have killed the team. It's the little things that are killing us. That's why we're not winning ball games. We've got to stick together as a team and keep working hard."
Anderson and the Cardinals hope to reclaim the Keg of the Nails at Nippert Stadium this Saturday. The Cardinals had won five straight games against Cincinnati before losing to the Bearcats 28-20 last season at PJCS.
"We can't get caught up that they're ranked No. 5," Anderson said. "It's a conference game and it would be a big game regardless if they were ranked No. 5 or 30. We've got to prepare in practice and put together a great game on Saturday."