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Anderson emerges
Anybody remember William Andrews?

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Quote:Wolfe understudy Anderson emerges as the next run in line

October 5, 2007
BY RICK ARMSTRONG Beacon News
DeKALB, Ill. -- Joe Novak would have been happy with a two- or three-headed monster at running back to succeed Garrett Wolfe, the nation's leading rusher in 2006.

It looks like he'll have to settle for another thoroughbred.

The more things change for the Northern Illinois coach, the more they stay the same.

Since junior Montel Clanton went down with a season-ending knee injury in the Huskies' second game, sophomore Justin Anderson has stepped up and shouldered the load. He appears more than capable of extending the program's streak of 1,000-yard rushers to nine.

Anderson has rushed for 168, 167 and 157 yards the last three weeks and leads the team with 573. That projects to 1,375 yards for the season. He also leads the Huskies in scoring (five touchdowns) and all-purpose yards (748) and is tied for the lead with 23 catches.

''I don't even realize how much of the workload I've had until somebody brings it to my attention,'' said the 5-11, 218-pound Anderson, who's more of a power runner than the darter style of the 5-9, 185-pound Clanton. ''Most of the time I am just thinking about the next play, and it is just a blur until the end of the game and they put the statistics in front of you.''

His numbers don't surprise Elbert Kern, who coached Anderson at Steinmetz High School on the Northwest Side. Anderson directed Kern's option attack for almost four full seasons, piling up 4,225 yards of total offense and 58 touchdowns.

''We pretty much ran the ball. That was our forte,'' said Kern, who has moved on to the Chicago Academy. ''Justin could throw it when he had to, but we'd pound it up the middle and send Justin around end.

''He didn't pitch it very often, though. [Anderson] loves carrying the rock.''

Anderson stays in touch with the three men who were his biggest influences in football: Kern, his assistant Keith Fagan and Gerald Harris, who lived around the corner from Anderson and started coaching him at age 6 in a Park District league in Amundsen Park across the street from Anderson's house.

Wolfe, in his first season with the Bears, also stays in touch.

''Garrett has been a positive influence on him, too,'' Kern said. ''He took him under his wing when Justin was just a pup.''

After a redshirt season, then getting only 25 carries in a backup role last year, Anderson now is experiencing what Wolfe went through.

''Sunday mornings have been kind of rough, but I feel fine,'' said Anderson, who carried 28, 35 and 28 times the last three weeks. ''It's just regular soreness, nothing serious.''

Still, Novak worries.

''I'd like to get a game where we could get him out of there a little more,'' Novak said. ''Right now, he's the best we have. And when you're in tight games like we have been, it's hard to take him out.

''But it's different with Justin than Garrett. Garrett is a little guy who is rubbery and can take a hit. Then again, he didn't take a lot of hits because he could make people miss.

''Justin is just a straight-up, straight-ahead [runner], and he takes a lot more pounding than Garrett did. So 35 carries for Justin is a heck of a lot different than 35 carries for Garrett.''

Anderson is simply enjoying the work.

''I'm big enough they should be worried about tackling me, than me worrying about getting hit,'' he said, ''because I'm going for the first down. Period.

''I run to the situation. If you need 12 yards, I'm gonna run like you need 12. If you need two, I'm gonna try to run through somebody, hit the hole as hard as I can, keep the chains going.''

Have rock, will roll.

Sun-Times News Group

TAILBACK U.Sophomore running back Justin Anderson is on pace to become Northern Illinois' ninth straight 1,000-yard rusher. Here are the previous eight:
Year Player Yards

2006 Garrett Wolfe 1,928

2005 Garrett Wolfe 1,580

2004 Garrett Wolfe 1,656

2003 Michael Turner 1,648

2002 Michael Turner 1,915

2001 Thomas Hammock 1,096

2000 Thomas Hammock 1,083

1999 William Andrews 1,127
10-05-2007 01:34 PM
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Who was the leading rusher in 1998 and how many yards did he have?
10-05-2007 01:42 PM
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klake87 Wrote:Who was the leading rusher in 1998 and how many yards did he have?

Ivory Bryant. 655 yards.
10-05-2007 02:21 PM
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I wonder what kind of year Clanton would be having if he didn't get injured in the second game of the season.
10-05-2007 02:22 PM
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JordanHuskie23 Wrote:I wonder what kind of year Clanton would be having if he didn't get injured in the second game of the season.

It would have been nice to have a 1-2 thunder and lightning combo attack. Clanton had a lot of speed which people have been saying this team lacks.
10-05-2007 02:34 PM
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JordanHuskie23 Wrote:I wonder what kind of year Clanton would be having if he didn't get injured in the second game of the season.

I really never thought Clanton was that great. He was an OK back, but i didn't think he was super fast, or super big. Just kind of like a James Allen. Remember him from the bears?

Good for a big game, but then will disappear for awhile.
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Injuries have really hurt this team this year!
Justin is one of the few really bright spots this team has had this year.
10-05-2007 05:19 PM
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HuskieBowWow Wrote:Anybody remember William Andrews?

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/colleges/...05.article

Quote:Wolfe understudy Anderson emerges as the next run in line

October 5, 2007
BY RICK ARMSTRONG Beacon News
DeKALB, Ill. -- Joe Novak would have been happy with a two- or three-headed monster at running back to succeed Garrett Wolfe, the nation's leading rusher in 2006.

It looks like he'll have to settle for another thoroughbred.

The more things change for the Northern Illinois coach, the more they stay the same.

Since junior Montel Clanton went down with a season-ending knee injury in the Huskies' second game, sophomore Justin Anderson has stepped up and shouldered the load. He appears more than capable of extending the program's streak of 1,000-yard rushers to nine.

Anderson has rushed for 168, 167 and 157 yards the last three weeks and leads the team with 573. That projects to 1,375 yards for the season. He also leads the Huskies in scoring (five touchdowns) and all-purpose yards (748) and is tied for the lead with 23 catches.

''I don't even realize how much of the workload I've had until somebody brings it to my attention,'' said the 5-11, 218-pound Anderson, who's more of a power runner than the darter style of the 5-9, 185-pound Clanton. ''Most of the time I am just thinking about the next play, and it is just a blur until the end of the game and they put the statistics in front of you.''

His numbers don't surprise Elbert Kern, who coached Anderson at Steinmetz High School on the Northwest Side. Anderson directed Kern's option attack for almost four full seasons, piling up 4,225 yards of total offense and 58 touchdowns.

''We pretty much ran the ball. That was our forte,'' said Kern, who has moved on to the Chicago Academy. ''Justin could throw it when he had to, but we'd pound it up the middle and send Justin around end.

''He didn't pitch it very often, though. [Anderson] loves carrying the rock.''

Anderson stays in touch with the three men who were his biggest influences in football: Kern, his assistant Keith Fagan and Gerald Harris, who lived around the corner from Anderson and started coaching him at age 6 in a Park District league in Amundsen Park across the street from Anderson's house.

Wolfe, in his first season with the Bears, also stays in touch.

''Garrett has been a positive influence on him, too,'' Kern said. ''He took him under his wing when Justin was just a pup.''

After a redshirt season, then getting only 25 carries in a backup role last year, Anderson now is experiencing what Wolfe went through.

''Sunday mornings have been kind of rough, but I feel fine,'' said Anderson, who carried 28, 35 and 28 times the last three weeks. ''It's just regular soreness, nothing serious.''

Still, Novak worries.

''I'd like to get a game where we could get him out of there a little more,'' Novak said. ''Right now, he's the best we have. And when you're in tight games like we have been, it's hard to take him out.

''But it's different with Justin than Garrett. Garrett is a little guy who is rubbery and can take a hit. Then again, he didn't take a lot of hits because he could make people miss.

''Justin is just a straight-up, straight-ahead [runner], and he takes a lot more pounding than Garrett did. So 35 carries for Justin is a heck of a lot different than 35 carries for Garrett.''

Anderson is simply enjoying the work.

''I'm big enough they should be worried about tackling me, than me worrying about getting hit,'' he said, ''because I'm going for the first down. Period.

''I run to the situation. If you need 12 yards, I'm gonna run like you need 12. If you need two, I'm gonna try to run through somebody, hit the hole as hard as I can, keep the chains going.''

Have rock, will roll.

Sun-Times News Group

TAILBACK U.Sophomore running back Justin Anderson is on pace to become Northern Illinois' ninth straight 1,000-yard rusher. Here are the previous eight:
Year Player Yards

2006 Garrett Wolfe 1,928

2005 Garrett Wolfe 1,580

2004 Garrett Wolfe 1,656

2003 Michael Turner 1,648

2002 Michael Turner 1,915

2001 Thomas Hammock 1,096

2000 Thomas Hammock 1,083

1999 William Andrews 1,127

Also, in 2000 Burner Turner rushed for 983 as a freshman. Almost half of that yardage was from the last two games.
10-05-2007 07:08 PM
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