Full of enthusiasm, inspiring confidence when he met with the media before last season, Victor Anderson said he had recovered from injuries that sidelined him most of his sophomore year.

But except for an 80-yard kickoff return fox a touchdown against Eastern Kentucky, Anderson’s junior year fell far short. He would, in fact, relinquish much of his playing time behind Bilal Powell to a freshman named Jeremy Wright.

Not getting it done behind a veteran offensive line. Apparently still coping with injuries as well.

Not good for a player who earned Big East Rookie of the Year honors during his freshman season, gaining 1,047 yards, scoring eight touchdowns. The Victor Anderson we had seen two previous seasons was nowhere to be found.

The same could have been said for Bilal Powell, tabbed by Charlie Strong as the face of the program last year. He quickly overcame the skepticism, going on to have a remarkable senior season.

So maybe Anderson is finally back at full strength. Strong sees something in Anderson we haven’t seen in a while. We’ll all see pretty soon.



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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.