Anderson, though, is much more than track athlete. At 5-foot-11, 168 pounds, he was an extremely productive wide receiver at the Blake School in Minneapolis. As a senior, Anderson caught 35 passes for 780 yards, and he scored eight touchdowns. In his four-year varsity career, Anderson had 103 receptions for 2,284 yards and 35 touchdowns, along with 405 rushing yards, five interceptions, five kickoff return touchdowns and one punt return touchdown.
Isaac is the son of former Minnesota receiver and return specialist (1983-86) Melvin Anderson, and his mother, Lisa Anderson (formerly Lisa Walton), was a 100- and 200- meter runner at Minnesota (1983-86).
Anderson scored a 1590 on the new three-part SAT, and he carries a 2.7 grade-point average. He plans to pursue a degree in international business management.
Badger Nation: What was your first impression of the University of Wisconsin?
Isaac Anderson: "It's kind of like the place to be."
BN: When was that first impression?
IA: "First impression because I have a lot of friends that are down there already, I just kind of took some visits, went to a couple of games. Just the environment, the atmosphere of the games and things like that were really good."
BN: What was your favorite memory from your official visit?
IA: "My favorite memory from that trip was probably just getting down to kind of talk to Coach Mason (receivers coach Henry Mason) and Coach Bielema (head coach Bret Bielema), just figuring out particulars for next year and things like that, just kind of getting a feel for the coaches and things."
BN: Did you have a favorite college team growing up?
BN: Where did that develop from?
IA: "One year we had our national junior Olympic track meet at the University of Tennessee and I just really liked the campus down there and everything. The environment was good, too."
BN: Do you have an athlete you have modeled your game after?
IA: "Marvin Harrison… He just appeals to me, the most similar to my game, it seems like. He has a calmness about his game but also he's still very effective in the game."
BN: Favorite sports movie?
IA: "Friday Night Lights"
BN: Favorite non-sports figure
IA: "My father, Melvin Anderson. He's kind of like, he's an all around good guy, first of all. He looks out for a lot of people, he's involved with the community a lot. Helps a lot of people who need help, basically. He helped me along the way with my recruiting process and other people, other teammates."
BN: Who has influenced you the most for your football career?
IA: "It's my father."
BN: What would you say your goals are for your Badger career?
IA: "To break Brandon Williams' records. Also to have a shot at the NFL."
BN: Where would you like to be in 10 years?
IA: "I hope to be playing in the NFL."