On a bright and sunny California day, there were not many bright
spots for the Rams.
The Southern California Trojans routed them 49-0 and virtually
nothing went right for CSU, who turned the ball over six times on
offense and could not stop USC from driving the length of the field
twice for touchdowns. However, one Ram stood out, shining in the
sun at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
David Anderson is a junior from Westlake Village, Calif., and
has already made a name for himself as a Ram. Last season he set
team records for receptions with 72, and yards with 1,293. Anderson
now ranks eighth on the all-time Rams’ receiving yards list, after
moving up three spots on Saturday. At his current pace of 146 yards
per game, he will be in second place by the season’s end with one
more year of eligibility remaining.
Tom Anderson sat in the Coliseum Saturday night smiling as he
watched his son David weave through the USC secondary. Anderson was
the only Ram to stand out in a game that left CSU embarrassed and
battered. He caught nine passes for 137 yards in his effort versus
his father’s alma mater.
Anderson continues his consistency of good play at the wide out
position. Last week he caught nine passes for 156 yards and has
been Justin Holland’s favorite target. Providing the Ram offense a
quick strike capability down the field, Anderson has been the best
player on the field for CSU in the first two games.
Anderson’s name is already among the top in the nation in
receiving as he is third in receptions per game with nine and
fourth in receiving yards per game with 146.5. Anderson also leads
the Mountain West Conference in both of those categories.
Ranking tenth in the country in all-purpose (rushing, receiving,
returning) yards per game with 178.5, Anderson is proving to be one
of the deadliest offensive weapons in college football. Although he
took a break from some of the returning duties against USC, he will
still appear on special teams occasionally.
“We saved David some,” Lubick said. “He doesn’t have to do
everything out there.”