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