Questions in NIU’s Running Game: Justin Anderson Is the Answer

Posted by Jerry Burnes on July-17-2009 Add Comments

If Northern Illinois head football coach Jerry Kill wants consistency at running back, look no further than the veteran of the group, Justin Anderson.

As a sophomore, Anderson exploded onto the scene for the Huskies in place of the injured Montell Clanton. In 10 starts, he rushed for 1,245 yards, eight touchdowns, and averaged 103.8 yards per game.

Those numbers were in the Joe Novak era. Anderson was the ninth-straight back under Novak to rush for 1,000 yards.

No offense to coach Kill, but if Novak felt Anderson was the next 1,000 yard rusher with two more seasons to shine, then he was probably right.

In 2008, Anderson picked up just 209 yards in just two starts. Freshman quarterback Chandler Harnish led the ...

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