Victor Anderson: Strong, Shifty, Elusive

Victor Anderson’s performance in Louisville’s 38-29 win over Kansas State may have just been a preview of the freshman running back’s abilities. He was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 180 yards and scoring three touchdowns.victorand

Take it from senior defensive tackle Earl Heyman, who has played against Anderson in practice the last year or so:

“As a defensive player, you kind of underestimate Vic because he’s so little, weighing only about 165,” he told the media Tuesday. “Then when you go up against him, oh whoa, I didn’t know he had this kind of force. He can hide behind the offensive line because he’s so small. But he can go from zero to 60 (miles per hour) just like that.

Our linebacker froze and Vic just ran over him.

“One day in practice he ran over one of our defensive linebackers. He’s elusive and shifty. Then he does this little stutter step. Our linebacker froze and Vic just ran over him. Caught us off guard. He’s a complete back.

“I’ve seen him in the weight room. Vic’s a heavy squatter, lifts a lot of weight, and has a lot of power in his legs. Combined with his speed and shiftiness, this makes him hard to tackle.”

And he’s going to be around for the next four years, Card fans.


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Charlie Springer

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

2 thoughts on “Victor Anderson: Strong, Shifty, Elusive

  • September 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I’m still waiting for them to start selling No 20 football jerseys. I’m on the Vic bandwagon.

  • September 25, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Currently he is the leading freshman rusher in the nation. Would he have had these kinds of numbers if he had stayed with his early verbal to WVA? Hard to say, but I’m tickled he’s a Cardinal and hope he wins the “runoff” against Brown Friday. Go Quick Vic Go!

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