Golden-armed, two-sport star Brian Anderson is looking to have a big 2005 season. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback from Louisville Male High School is coming off wins in a pair of major 7-on-7 passing tournaments and is getting ready for some unofficial visits in the near future to some Big Ten colleges.
With eight offensive starters returning, Anderson has many potent targets to help him unleash a precision passing game. Three of these threats are junior RB/WR Doug Beaumont and senior wide receivers Brandyn Brown and Nate Overall.
"It is nice to have really fast and athletic guys who make the right choices," Anderson said. "It makes my job so much easier, but it's the whole team effort that makes 2005 really exciting."
In a state known for producing quality quarterback talent, Anderson might be one of Kentucky's best in 2005. Anderson said that about 30 schools are sending letters and that Boston College, Kentucky, Marshall, Michigan State, Illinois, Miami (Fla), Tennessee and Louisville are showing the most interest.
Anderson also said when the time comes to choose a school that academics would be his number one priority because he is considering engineering as a major. With a 3.65 GPA and a 29 on his ACT, academics are certainly not a problem for him. The coaching staff's ability to develop their players would also factor into his decision.
Anderson was recently picked as one of the best 32 players in the state by high school football coaches. Called The Tremendous 26, the level of talent in the state next year allowed coaches the opportunity to pick more than the allotted 26.
"It was a great honor just to be named to the team with such great players," Anderson said.
The soft-spoken Anderson says football and baseball are his main sports of interest at the next level and that his summer plans include competing in three 7-on-7 passing tournaments and camps at U of L, Michigan, Indiana and Michigan State.
Anderson says that playing for Hall of Fame Male High School coach Bobby Redman has been a great experience. Redman's son, Chris, was also a Male High quarterback before going on to set every passing record at Louisville and get drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.
"Coach Redman has really helped my game," Anderson said. "He is a great guy and a player's coach. He makes the game so much fun for us because of his knowledge of the game. Having his son, Chris, helping out sometimes has been a big advantage in also making me a better player."
While Anderson says that his goal for the upcoming season is to win the State 4-A Championship, but that his personal stats don't matter. Anderson threw for 2,900 yards and 24 touchdowns last year as a junior.
"I am a team player. I'll do whatever it takes for us to win and for me to become a better player," Anderson said.