Anderson more physical than expected

Junior college transfer Zaire Anderson is impressing his Nebraska position coach Ross Els.

Lincoln, NE - Call it the Lavonte David curse. When Nebraska landed junior college linebacker product Zaire Anderson in last year's class, immediately the comparisons between Anderson and David began.

Three practices in and Anderson (5-foot-11, 220 pounds) is showing why some of the comparisons might be warranted. Despite the junior being down a ways on the depth chart at the moment.

"We knew he could run and we knew he was an intelligent player, but he's probably more physical than what I thought he would be," Nebraska linebackers coach Ross Els told a group of reporters on Monday night. "The guy runs through blocks. He's strong and I can wait to see him start tackling people once we get there in practices."

All summer Anderson was projected to contend for a starting spot at the Buck linebacker position, but for now he's actually working the SAM spot.

"Right now we have him behind (Alonzo) Whaley and (David) Santos, so he can get caught up. But could he move over to the Buck spot behind Fisher? Possibly. We will see what happens in the next week."

Unlike junior college product Mohammed Seisay, Anderson was not able to make it into the Huskers' spring practices, meaning the last three days have been his first practices at the D-1 level.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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