Quick Hitter: Anderson's progression

Fans expectations for Nebraska junior linebacker Zaire Anderson need to be tempered.

Lincoln, NE - Fans expecting Lavonte David's full pledge replacement to be junior college transfer Zaire Anderson need to temper their expectations.

Last week when Big Red Report caught up with Nebraska linebackers coach Ross Els, the second-year coach shared Anderson was behind senior Alonzo Whaley and redshirt freshman David Santos at the SAM linebacker spot.

On Wednesday, it didn't sound like much had changed when Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was asked about his junior college product.

"Zaire is making good progress and I think he's going to be a good player in time. How much time, we will see? I don't know," said Pelini, who was then asked if he had to temper expectations of what Anderson could do early on due to the hype surrounding him.

"I just go off of what I see on film. We are brining him along the best way we know how."

Anderson was a key component on the defensive side of the ball for Riverside Community College in 2011. He finished the year with 95 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

At Big Ten Media Days, Pelini reminded reporters David was brought along faster than the coaching staff would have liked.

"Lavonte got thrusted into the lineup pretty quick, but fortunately for Zaire it's not as a dire of a need as it was for Lavonte when he stepped in there," said Pelini. "You saw Lavonte, he got steadily better and I think the same thing will happen with Zaire, it's just a matter of how much playing time he will get early on."

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