David Anderson and Chris Pittman don’t leap over defensive backs
for many catches. They don’t have to because of the separation they
have already created gives an easy target for quarterback Bradlee
The Southern California duo may have had to worry about their
parents’ homes being just outside the evacuation area for the
California wildfires last week, but neither has had to worry about
taking on the Rams’ receiving attack alone.
In an up-and-down, injury-filled season for the CSU football
team, the Rams’ wide receivers have been there game in and game out
making big catches.
But the two were not among the list of the top recruits in the
country coming out of high school.
“The reason I didn’t go other places is that I was either their
last pick, or CSU’s top pick,” Anderson said.
Neither Anderson nor Pittman fit the ideal wide receiver mold of
tall and lanky. Anderson, a sophomore from Westlake Village,
Calif., northwest of Los Angeles, stands 5-foot-10. Yet, the small
man has put up big numbers in his first year in a starting
Anderson is seventh in the nation with 936 yards receiving on 47
Pittman, the 6-foot senior leader of the wide receiving corps
from suburban San Diego, has one more catch than Anderson with 48
for 654 yards.
Anderson and Pittman both admit they look at the numbers.
However, it is not for mere personal gratification. They let each
other know just what type of numbers they put up in the hopes the
other can top it in the next game.
“It’s all competitive fun,” Pittman said. “We definitely talk
every week about who’s going to have the bigger week, who’s going
to score the most touchdowns.”
Prototypical wide receiver stature aside, receivers coach Matt
Lubick knows he has talent.
“They’re both great competitors,” Lubick said. “Sometimes Dave
may have more yards in one game and Chris will have it in the next,
it’s all based off what the defensive gives us.”
Coming off a 60-catch season last year, Pittman received more
attention from defenses early in the year, which allowed Anderson
to vault to the national lead in receiving yards. But in last
week’s loss at Wyoming, Anderson was held to only two catches. The
passing game didn’t slack, however, as Pittman hauled in nine
catches for 109 yards. One of the two receivers has had over 100
yards in seven of the Rams’ nine games.
Van Pelt has had a breakout year through the air due in large
part to Anderson and Pittman’s skill, he said.
“Without those two, I wouldn’t have made the leaps I have in the
passing department,” Van Pelt said. “I think they work great
together, either one can play each position and can make a big
The secret of their success may be in their attitude to the
game. While they’re out every day working hard, having fun is
always a top priority. Whether it is Pittman talking trash to the
CSU defensive backs after making a catch or Anderson farting in the
face of defensive lineman Patrick Goodpaster during an interview,
the two are not down too often.
“They both have a great sense of humor,” Lubick said. “They are
a pleasure to work with.”
Pittman provides the leadership role along with other senior
receivers Eric Hill and Russell Sprague. Pittman said he learned
how to be a leader from former CSU wide receivers Frank Rice, Pete
Rebstock and Dallas Davis.
“They went balls-out every single day,” Pittman said. “That’s
what I inherited. I always went out there with that attitude.”
Next year, Anderson will have to take the leadership position
for a young and talented receiving corps. While Anderson said he
has learned a lot from Pittman and the other seniors, Van Pelt,
Lubick and Pittman agreed Anderson has always been ready to take on
“If (Anderson) stays humble and keeps his head on his shoulders
he can do it all man,” Pittman said. “I’m just glad I got to be
here and experience (working with him) for myself.”