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Zach Anderson brings size, athleticism, effort

Chase High School coach Daniel Bailey talks with Demon Deacon Digest about Wake DL commit Zach Anderson.

FOREST CITY, N.C. — The Chase High School (N.C.) Trojans had a rough Friday night at home against Shelby High School, but that didn’t prevent Wake Forest 2017 defensive lineman commit Zach Anderson from making a big play down the stretch, securing a one-handed pick six in the fourth quarter.

“We get 100 percent effort, and that’s not just on game day. He does that at practice too,” Chase coach Daniel Bailey said. “He’s been having to play with just one hand, but it turned out pretty good tonight with the pick six he had. He doesn’t have ‘good hands,’ he has ‘good hand.’”

Bailey said Anderson’s size, mobility and leadership will make him a great fit at Wake Forest.

“Great leadership and a lot of intangibles,” he said about what Anderson brings to the field. “He has great size and fantastic athletic ability. He keeps the team going. It’s all about the next play for him. He brings the effort every day and every week.”

Anderson got in the Shelby backfield often, pushing the quarterback out of the pocket and forcing a few hurried throws.

“He got a lot of pressure. He got back there a few times, and I think having the club on affected him a little bit,” Bailey said.  “We didn’t want them to be able to just sit back there and pick us apart in the defensive backfield. We challenged the defensive front to step up and get a pass rush.”

Bailey said what was practiced during the week showed up during the game for Anderson.

“He worked on a couple of pass rush moves this week, and it ended up showing up in the game. He got good footwork and he moves his hips well,” he said. “His hands will come along. He’s working on getting his pad level low. The biggest thing is that he’s adjusted to the situation with his hand. Once that comes off in another week or two, he’ll be able to step up another level.”

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