Senior, 6-foot-1, 222 pounds
Season Stats: 78/133--782 yards--3 TDs--3 INTs
28 rushes--124 yards--2 TDs
After graduating from Cincinnati in May, Anderson transferred to Buffalo and reunited with Jeff Quinn who was his offensive coordinator at Cincinnati before accepting the Buffalo head coaching job in 2009.
Anderson saw action in all three of his seasons in Cincinnati primarily backing up Tony Pike and Zach Collaros. He started two games for the Bearcats during the 2008 season and led them to victories over Marshall and Rutgers. Anderson finished his time as a Bearcat with 729 passing yards, three TDs and four INTs on 74-of-126 passing.
Anderson's greatest asset is his ability to keep plays alive with his legs; something he has relied on often this season as the Bulls are starting three new lineman, moving a former starting guard to center and starting Matt Ostrowski, who missed most of last season due to injury, at the all-important left tackle position.
The Bulls' offense does allow Anderson to get the ball out of his hands quickly and into the hands of his playmaking wide receivers--Alex Neutz (22 receptions) and Marcus Rivers (26 receptions)--which he has done well early in the season.
The main complaint about Anderson's performance this season is that he's been too quick to rely on his scrambling ability, rather than staying in the pocket and allowing plays to develop.
If the Vols can slow the Bulls' quick hitters and force passing downs, pass rushers Jacques Smith; Curt Maggitt; and Malik Jackson can make Anderson's day a long, miserable one.