Oct 062004
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

For a CSU football fan, it’s hard not to know who David Anderson

is.

The junior wide receiver, who set school records with 1,293

yards receiving and 76 receptions last year, is an obvious target

for quarterback Justin Holland.

However, as the Rams struggle through one of their toughest

schedules in team history, Anderson is not the only show-stopping

receiver on the team. A variety of different players have caught

passes from Holland this year.

“We have a lot of depth, and that’s great,” Anderson said. “All

these weapons are good for Justin.”

Holland has used a variety of weapons this season, averaging 311

yards of passing per game. While Anderson leads the team with 39

catches for 665 yards and two touchdowns, two other receivers have

more than 15 catches.

Redshirt freshman Johnny Walker has 23 catches for 273 yards and

one touchdown. Sophomore Dustin Osborn has caught 16 passes for 301

yards, including back-to-back games with more than 100 yards

receiving against Minnesota and Montana State.

George Hill, also a redshirt freshman, has made four catches for

34 yards.

Walker said the roster’s depth has helped make the receivers

better as a whole.

“You get a lot of competition from everybody,” Walker said.

“That makes you practice harder ’cause you have to earn playing

time.”

In total, five different receivers have made catches for the

Rams this season, including all-conference H-back Joel Dreessen,

and the Rams can spread the field and throw the ball at will.

“We have pretty high expectations of ourselves,” Anderson said.

“Those are just passed on to each other. We have the talent here to

do a lot of good things.”

Even though this is only his second season with CSU, Walker said

the leadership of Holland and Anderson has helped him become part

of the team.

“(Justin’s) a good leader,” Walker said. “He’s a great

quarterback. He always puts the ball on the target.”

Anderson also said Holland is proving to be a good

quarterback.

“He’s made us all better,” Anderson said. “He’ll make the right

decision and find us.”

With no seniors on the depth chart, the Rams will be well

stocked at receiver for the next couple years. Anderson, a junior,

is the oldest.

Damon Morton, a true freshman, is one of the receivers of the

future. Morton, who has three catches for 58 yards and returns

kickoffs, said he’s picking things up as he goes along in

practice.

“Everybody has been great about helping out and getting us

ready,” Morton said. “It’s great to have four or five guys who can

catch the football. You compete every day.”

This season has been a test, but Anderson said there have been

positives from the losses.

“Everybody is learning from their experience,” Anderson said.

“We’ll have a great year. But we’ll all be back next year too.”

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