21   Justin Anderson
Justin Anderson

RS Senior

Chicago, IL

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 234



2008: Starting tailback for the opening two games of the season, at Minnesota (8-30) and at Western Michigan (9-6). Appeared in all 13 games. Ranked fourth on the team in rushing with 209 yards on 53 carries for a 3.9 yards per carry average. Had a season-high 13 carries, led the Huskies with 34 rushing yards and scored the Huskies' first touchdown of the season against the Golden Gophers. Tallied a season-best 42 yards on seven attempts, including a 25 yard burst against Indiana State (9-20). Ran the ball seven times, collecting 37 yards and scoring his second touchdown of the year in the Eastern Michigan game (9-27). Totaled 37 yards against Toledo (10-18) on six attempts. Rushed four times for 31 yards, a 7.75 yards per carry average, at Ball State (11-5).

2007: A second team All-MAC selection after recording the ninth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season by a Huskie tailback. Named a sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and a second team All-MAC choice by Phil Steele. Ranked fourth in the MAC and 27th nationally with 103.75 rushing yards per game. Named the Huskies' offensive MVP for 2007. Set a NIU record for running backs with 45 receptions and caught passes in 10 consecutive games. Averaged 125.67 all-purpose yards per game to rank eighth in the MAC while placing 15th with 5.50 points per game and tying for 15th with 3.75 receptions per contest. Accounted for 39 percent of NIU's touchdowns with 11 and totaled 29 percent of the team's scoring. Averaged 120.4 rushing yards per game versus MAC competition. Tied the school's seventh-highest 100-yard game total with seven and surpassed the 130-yard mark in each of his first five starts after becoming the starting tailback in game three. Totaled 1,245 rushing yards on 274 carries with eight touchdowns and caught 45 passes for 263 yards and three scores on the year. Rushing total ranks 12th on NIU's all-time list, while his 274 carries is eighth. Injured in the first quarter of the season finale versus Ball State and missed most of the game. Caught five passes for 27 yards in the season opener against Iowa (9-1). Scored three touchdowns (two receiving and one rushing) while catching eight passes for 87 yards and rushing 21 times for 78 yards vs. Southern Illinois (9-8). Recorded his first 100-yard rushing game with 168 yards on 28 carries with one touchdown while adding six catches for 45 yards vs. Eastern Michigan (9-15). Amassed 167 rushing yards on 35 carries with a one-yard touchdown run at Idaho (9-22). Totaled 157 yards on 28 attempts and caught three passes for 13 yards at Central Michigan (9-29). Rushed 29 times for 163 yards with two touchdowns, including a 39-yard scamper, at Temple (10-6). Racked up 132 rushing yards with a season-long carry of 52 yards, and added six receptions for 30 yards against Western Michigan (10-13). Carried 24 times for 116 yards and one touchdown at Toledo (10-27). Rushed for 98 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown and added four catches for 27 yards and a 16-yard score through the air vs. Kent State (11-10). Recorded 140 rushing yards on a season-high 39 carries with one touchdown and caught seven passes for 36 yards at Navy (11-17).

2006: Played in 11 games as reserve running back and on special teams. Team's third-leading rusher with 117 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown. Made collegiate debut at Ohio State (9-2). Carried six times for 53 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown, vs. Indiana State (9-23). Gained 53 yards on 10 rushing attempts at Eastern Michigan (11-24).

2005: Redshirted.

High School: Ranked No. 29 among Illinois prospects, No. 65 nationally and was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. Entered his last season at No. 67 among Midwest Top 100 Players by The Sporting News, and No. 80 among Midwest Hot 100 by Score.com. Four-year option quarterback produced 4,225 yards of total offense and 58 touchdowns during his career. Team MVP, first team Chicago Public League All-Section, and second team Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League as a senior. Rushed for 840 yards (8.7 avg.) and 12 TDs on 97 carries for Class 8A playoff qualifier during senior season. Entered final campaign as Chicago Sun-Times Top 100 Area Player.. Listed No. 18 among Top 30 Junior Prospects by Chicago Sun-Times following selection as team MVP, frst team all-section, first team Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League and special mention all-area during junior year. Totaled 1,541 yards of total offense and 26 TDs, including 1,288 rushing yards and 18 TDs on 9-2 league champ and playoff team that year. Set school record with a 92-yard rush as a junior. Rushed for 922 yards and nine TDs for 12-1 team as a sophomore. Earned four football letters and one in basketball.

Personal: Born July 4, 1986. General studies major.


Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm
2006 11/0 25 117 4.7 1 16 10.6
2007 12/10 274 1245 4.5 8 52 103.8
2008 13/2 53 209 3.9 2 25 16.1
Career 36/12 352 1571 4.4 11 52 43.6


Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm
2006 11/0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 12/10 45 263 5.8 3 23 21.9
2008 13/2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 36/12 45 263 5.8 3 23 7.3

Rushing Attempts: 39, at Navy, 11-17-07
Rushing Yards: 168, vs. Eastern Michigan, 9-15-07
Rushing TDs: 2, at Temple, 10-6-07
Long Run: 52, vs. Western Michigan, 10-13-07
Catches: 8, vs. Southern Illinois, 9-8-07
Yards: 87, vs. Southern Illinois, 9-8-07
Receiving TDs: 2, vs. Southern Illinois, 9-8-07
Long Catch: 23, vs. Southern Illinois, 9-8-07

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