UNI Runner Carlos Anderson Trying to Keep it 'Normal'

By Jake Bemis, Reporter


By Grant Burkhardt

CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa running back Carlos Anderson has been there.

In his first game in a Panther jersey, Anderson rushed for 75 yards on 24 carries. As one of UNI’s four team captains, his advice to the rest of the team is simple.

“Just stay true to yourself,” he said. “However you prepare for every other game, how you prepared in high school watching film, just make sure you do the same stuff. Don’t try to switch it up just because we’re playing a Big Ten opponent.

“Just keep everything normal.”

That Big Ten opponent is Wisconsin, a team Coach Mark Farley has called the toughest opponent he’s prepared to play. But Anderson, a senior, has been in high pressure situations before, including getting engaged just a few weeks ago.

“It’s a weird story about how we met,” he said. “I went to about seven computers, and none of them had Microsoft Word. The only one that had it was directly across from her. She probably thought I was creepy when I first met her.”

The other starting back in Saturday’s game, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, rushed for more than 1,900 yards last season, about 200 yards short of UNI’s entire team.

“It’d feel great to know that I’d outrushed him on his home turf against his Big Ten defense. It’d be a great feeling,” Anderson said.

Given the goal he sets for himself each game, it appears he figures that’s attainable.

“I’d like to average 10 yards per carry throughout the game,” he said.

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