Leading by Example

Aug 262004
Authors: Charles Silverman

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,

Maurice Greene.

“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

big plays.

“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.

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