Anderson's got the swagger back

RJ Anderson has delivered on his promises. <br><br> Earlier in the year, Anderson, coming off his worst year as a college player, said that he would "get his swagger back."

Anderson completed just 43.3 percent of his passes last year and threw a career-high eight interceptions, while losing his starting job to Troy Nunes. This came just one year after Anderson threw for 1,123 yards and five touchdowns, while leading the Orangemen to the Bowl.

During the offseason, there was a question as to whether Anderson would regain his starting job. But an injury in spring ball to Perry Patterson, and backup quarterbacks Matt Hale and Xzavier Gaines too inexperienced to start, it left Anderson with the starting job by default.

Since then, he's gotten off to a scintillating start, recording at least 200 years passing in each for SU's first two games. It's the first time in his career that's he's strung together such a streak.

"RJ is doing unbelievably," tight end Len Cusumano said. "It's absolutely phenomenal."

Anderson was 19-for-30 for 229 yards against Louisville. His performance moved him past 3,000 career passing yards as well as 200 career completions.

"I love RJ," wide receiver Johnnie Morant said. "It's all love."

Morant has been the beneficiary of Anderson's resurrection this year, tallying 301 yards on 15 catches.

Anderson's torrid start has also opened up the running game, allowing Walter Reyes to continue his rushing success. Reyes rushed for 87 yards against Louisville.

"RJ is a different person," Reyes said. "He's a complete player. He wants to help lead our team to a great season."

Still, Anderson's performance has not been flawless.

Two miscues on handoffs cost the Orangemen valuable field position. In the second quarter of Saturday's game, Anderson fumbled a handoff to Damien Rhodes and another to Reyes.

One fumble put Louisville at the Syracuse 32. The other stopped a drive where the Orangemen were threatening in Louisville territory.

"I handed the ball off and it was on the ground," Anderson said. "A drop's a drop. When you drop the ball, it's no good."

"My play doesn't mean anything because we lost. We punted the ball as opposed to scoring."

Anderson, one of Syracuse's three captains, stressed forgetting about the loss and focusing on Central Florida. After Central Florida and Toledo, Syracuse's schedule becomes increasingly more difficult, with a date at No. 9 Virginia Tech on Oct. 11. The Orangemen will follow this game up with Boston College and Pittsburgh.

"This game is over with," Anderson said. "We need to concentrate on our next game. We need to win bad."

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