Nebraska Walk On: Kenny Anderson

At seven years old, Kenny Anderson could remember watching Nebraska make a run at a third national championship in four years only to have Tom Osborne announce his retirement. Even at seven years old, Anderson thought about how cool it might have been to play for Coach Osborne at Nebraska. As fate would have it, Tom Osborne is back at Nebraska as the A.D. and Anderson is set to become a Husker.

Like so many others, Kenny Anderson is taking the chance to play football at Nebraska over financial assistance from smaller, area schools. Anderson, a 6-foot-2 and 235-pound defensive end from Omaha (Nebr.) Millard West

"I had a pretty good season last year," Anderson said. "I had 13 sacks and 65 tackles. I was the Metro-Omaha Coaches' Association defensive lineman of the year, first team super-state from the Lincoln Journal Star, second team all-state Omaha World Herald, first team all-state Huskerland Prep and first team all-state AP."

Anderson made his mark at Millard West coming off the edge as a defensive end. The Huskers like Anderson's potential to play the same position in Lincoln.

"Nebraska likes me as a weak side defensive end and that is what I played at Millard West. I would say that my hands are my biggest strength. I am really good at coming off hard and keeping my hands inside the opposing player's chest plate.

"I do come off the ball hard and I have the ability to watch the play develop and I know how the play is going to develop as I am reading it."

Nebraska was able to lure Anderson west to Lincoln despite only having a walk-on opportunity to give him. Anderson turned down three scholarships for his shot to be a Husker.

"At the time I had an offer to Northwest Missouri State, Augustana and I had a visit set up to go and see Nebraska-Kearney. The coaches at Kearney said that I was going to get an offer, but the only two that I had were from NW Missouri State and Augustana."

Anderson said that going to Lincoln was something that he always wanted to, even if it was just for school. The chance to play football made going to Lincoln the obvious choice for him.

"I have always wanted to go there. I just wanted to go to the college there. When I got the opportunity to at least walk-on then everything just clicked. That was everything that I had worked so hard to do and I couldn't pass it up."

Another one of the reasons that saying yes to Nebraska seems like the right answer is because the return of a legend. People don't remember a lot from when they are seven years old, but Anderson remembers a national title run and the retirement of the head coach at Nebraska.

"Knowing that Tom Osborne back is incredible. You grow up and you are a seven year old kid and you remember watching Tom Osborne win the national championship and watching him retire.

"You just know that it would have been great to be there when he was the coach. Now he's back, not as a coach but as an athletic director, and it's a feeling that I can't even describe."

Anderson is equally impressive in the classroom as he is on the gridiron. Anderson holds a 3.66 GPA and scored a 27 on his ACT.

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