Every football team has a lot of coaches, but not just the ones
who patrol the sidelines. Some of the most important coaches are
the ones who play between the lines. David Anderson is one such
Anderson, a junior wide receiver from Thousand Oaks, Calif., is
one of the on-field coaches for the CSU Rams and particularly the
wide receivers. Wide receivers coach Matt Lubick said Anderson has
stepped into a leadership role by example.
“Dave never misses practices, he practices hard and he has a
hard work ethic,” Lubick said.
After establishing himself last season, Anderson realizes the
need for him to be a leader on the field.
“Every position has its leaders and being the oldest wide
receiver, I have to go out and show some of the younger guys some
things,” Anderson said.
If the young guys were watching CSU at all last year, Anderson
sure did show some things as he set new school records for
receiving yards (1,293) and receptions (72).
Those numbers were good enough to earn Anderson a spot on the
All-Mountain West Conference first team. Anderson said the personal
numbers were nice, but they don’t mean as much as winning games.
Some of Anderson’s best numbers were in losses for the Rams.
“I would trade in my good personal games for wins, but this year
we need to just put the two together,” Anderson said.
Putting the two together could be a difficult task, but Anderson
has done his part in the off-season.
Throughout the summer Anderson fine-tuned his skills by honing
his agility and quickening his step. Coach Sonny Lubick said some
of Anderson’s routes last year could have been crisper and so, with
new quarterback Justin Holland, Anderson has been putting in work
to sharpen those routes.
“The really good ones work on everything, getting stronger,
getting faster and running better routes,” Sonny Lubick said.
While Anderson did get stronger, the most interesting part of
his off-season workouts was training with the world’s fastest man,
“Working with world-class sprinters can be really humbling, but
he was able to give me a lot of pointers on sprinting, which
translates directly to wide receivers,” Anderson said.
With all the improvements Anderson has made since the end of
last season, a lot of pressure has been put on the other wide
Matt Lubick said players such as red-shirt freshman Johnny
Walker and sophomore Dustin Osbourne, will have to step up and make
“The pressure is on them to get things done and make sure that
coverage doesn’t cheat over to Dave’s side,” he said.
In addition to carrying the load at wide receiver for the Rams,
Anderson has also shown a strong scholastic aptitude. Anderson
graduated from high school with a 3.8 GPA and continued to get good
grades at CSU, which earned him a spot on the All-MWC Academic Team
as a freshman.
Anderson will take his skills and his smarts to Boulder on Sept.
4 as the Rams face off against in-state rival CU. Anderson feels
ready for the game, but he said a lot of film work on the Buffs’
revamped secondary will be needed to learn CU’s personnel.