Now a senior, Anderson appears ready to make the most of his most prominent role yet.
“Last season, with Hubert Anyiam in front of me, I was kind of that backup guy and knew I had to step in and make plays if he wasn't able to,” Anderson said. “Now he handed me the stick and I'll go and take it on my own.
“I'm taking it full on and making sure I get better.”
In turn, he should ensure that he's more involved.
“I've got a bigger piece of the pie now,” Anderson said. “I'm going to be counted on more this season than I was in my previous two. I'm ready to step up to the challenge.”
OPPONENT WATCH: SAVANNAH STATE
OSU's opening opponent, Savannah State, struggled offensively in its Saturday night scrimmage.
The Tigers' No. 1 offense didn't register a first down through its first three series and managed but one field goal overall, with freshman defensive end Andrew Gardner leading the way with three sacks and another quarterback pressure, according to the Savannah Morning News.
One of the offensive highlights came from backup wideout Angelo Cauley, a sophomore who scored for the second team on a 21-yard touchdown catch.
“We keep harping on it,” Tigers coach Steve Davenport told the paper, “we're really, really young. But we think the young guys we have are going to be really good.”