Anderson leads the Contra Costa attack

One of the top JUCO quarterbacks in the country this fall resides at Contra Costa College, but Jeffery Anderson (6-2, 195) isn't resting on the fact that he had an outstanding freshman season. The talented signal-caller has been hard at work this spring and summer in the hopes of having an even better sophomore campaign and earning a scholarship to a four-year school...

Anderson prepped at Dixon (Ca.) High School and enjoyed a standout career there, but because he wasn't aware of the NCAA Clearinghouse and all that was required to qualify for a D-1 football scholarship, he decided to go the JC route in order to continue his football career.

"I didn't know anything about qualifying or any of that stuff," Anderson admitted. "I didn't know what classes I needed to take, what GPA I needed, none of that, so I just decided to go to a JC in order to keep playing.

"I originally was going to play for American River, but I had a friend here at Contra Costa and after I met with coach (Alonzo) Carter I just knew this was the right place for me and what my goals were."

As a freshman last fall, Anderson completed 65% of his passes for 2,200 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and while those are solid numbers, the talented signal-caller isn't resting on what is in the past.

"I definitely want to get my interceptions down and my touchdowns up," Anderson said. "I've been studying film all spring and summer. Mainly, I think a lot of it is me making better decisions, being quicker getting the ball out and just maturing in the offense."

While Anderson's quickness, size and athleticism make him a perfect dual-threat candidate that you can plug into all of the spread attacks that are en vogue now, the gun-slinger told that he doesn't want to be pigeon-holed into one catergory or the other.

"Honestly, I can do both, but I like to use my arm to make plays," Anderson said. "If there is a chance for me to run for a first down or to make a big play with my legs, I'll take it and not think twice about it, but more than anything, I like to move around and keep plays alive so that my receivers can get open.

"There is a reason they are the playmakers. My job is to get the ball to the right guy and let him do what he does best -- make plays.

"I think more than anything, my teammates look to me to be a leader and to be the calm in the storm. When it's all getting crazy, I want them to look in my eyes and see 'hey, we got this' and to know that it's under control. That's my biggest job."

While recruiting has yet to really pick up steam, Anderson has heard from a handful of schools and expects more to come into the fold this fall.

"This spring I talked with a few schools," he said. "Eastern Michigan, Utah State, Sacramento State and San Jose State were the ones I met and talked to. They said they liked my film and what I could do and that they would be watching me this year."

Anderson is on pace to sign with a school in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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