A fifth-year senior from Wichita Falls, Texas, Isaiah Anderson is the fastest player on Oklahoma State's football roster. He ran track for the Cowboys in the spring of 2009.
After redshirting his first year, Anderson saw limited action as a freshman and sophomore but had 28 catches for 315 yards last season. He started six games.
Anderson has the ability to stretch a defense. He had at least one reception of 18 yards or longer in seven games. He scored four touchdowns last season, including a 36-yarder against at Iowa State. This year, Anderson's role is to provide steady production, including some big plays.
Q: Because you graduated last May, did you take notes from Brandon Weeden last season?
A: “I did. I feel like Weeden. I'm thinking about playing golf this year.”
So you're a good golfer like Weeden?
“No. I'm going to take beginner's golf. We're going to find out how good I am. I swung clubs when I was little, but I was just knocking the ball around with my grandpa. But I'm taking beginner's golf. I'm going to be out on the course just like Weeden.”
Would you have taken this approach without Weeden's example?
“Maybe. But watching him, it gave me extra motivation to do it. Like Weeden, I'm just taking busy courses since I already graduated, just enjoying being a senior.”
Everyone knows about your speed, but what's a hidden talent you have that might surprise fans?
“I can cook. I'm one of the best cooks on the team. Teammates that have been to my house can attest to that. Besides spaghetti, barbecue pork, chicken, beef whatever you want to grill, I can make it taste really good. And some desserts. Just ask my teammates about my chocolate chip cookies and my sweet potato pie.”
How did you become a good cook?
“I've been around it my entire life. Mom and grandma taught me well. I was always in the kitchen.”
Most kids are out playing ball. Why did cooking interest you?
“I played sports and loved playing football. But I'm a hungry guy for a small guy. You have to eat. I had to learn to fend for myself.”
So are you going to be a chef? Was your major restaurant and hotel management?
“No. I'm an education major. I just like to cook”
As far as football, how do you view your role knowing Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper have left?
“I want to give an even better performance than I had last year. Everyone knows I'm going to contribute any way that I can. Whether it's in the meeting room, on the sidelines or on the field, I'm going to give it my all.”
What is one key to you having the type of season you want?
“Stay in the film room and break down tape more to get a better knowledge of the game, know coverage tendencies better. That way, when I get in the game, everything will slow down for me. I feel that can give me an advantage when I step on the field.”