Anderson wears the number 9 in honor of a high school friend by the name of Mike Pennerman, who died as a result of injuries he suffered in a high school football game. As a high school player at Bethel High School, Anderson was a two-time Vallejo Times Herald MVP and first-team selection. He rushed for nearly 4,000 yards during his prep career as he led his squad to four consecutive playoff appearances, including a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section title game as a junior in 2007 when he was named the Vallejo Times Herald Athlete of the Year.
Before going to Cal, Anderson went to Laney College where he was second in the state of California and the NorCal conference leader in rushing as a sophomore in 2010 racking up 1,644 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. In his freshman year there, he rushed for 693 yards and three touchdowns. In 2011, at Cal, Anderson had 72 carries for 345 yards and eight touchdowns. As a senior, he had 126 carries for 790 yards and four touchdowns.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.