Bright Light on a Dim Stage

Sep 132004
Authors: Preston Cagle

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.”

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