Let’s start this by throwing out a few numbers: 280 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns over just 5 quarters. Those are the marks that TCU running back Darius Anderson posted over a stretch of his two most recent games, and he wasn’t even done yet.
Throughout his collegiate career, Anderson has been apart of a backfield timeshare with the talented Sewo Olonilua. While that keeps Anderson fresh, it almost feels like a disservice to a player of Anderson’s talent to not get the ball in his hands more often.
To this point in his senior season, Anderson has 368 rushing yards on 41 carries, good for a 8.9 yards per carry clip. On those 41 rushes, he’s found the endzone 4 times.
Entering Saturday, Anderson was coming off of a 179 yard and 2 touchdown performance in the Horned Frogs win over Purdue. In the first half of TCU’s game against SMU yesterday, Anderson found paydirt on multiple occasions.
Despite sharing backfield duties with Olonilua over his career, Anderson has proven that he’s an NFL-caliber running back during his time at TCU. That ability is starting to be magnified with his recent stretch to start this season.
Built ideally for a change of pace back in the league at 5’11 and 212 pounds, Anderson’s pass-catching skill-set has rarely been featured before this season. However, over the past two games when Anderson has been running wild, he’s also pitched in 5 receptions.
While TCU eventually came up short against the visiting SMU Mustangs, Anderson was arguably the star of the game.
On TCU’s first scoring drive, they rode Anderson through multiple carries, eventually breaking lose on the inside run for the 14 yard touchdown. While the rest of the offense lost three fumbles, Anderson was the catalyst that kept the Horned Frogs in the game. Early in the second quarter, Anderson got loose through multiple broken tackles to bring the Horned Frogs to the 3-yard line, he’d punch it in himself the next play.
As TCU was playing from behind in the second half, that’s when Anderson’s pass-catching ability came to use. Anderson pulled down a 32 yard reception to set the Horned Frogs up inside the 10 yard line, as Olonilua would punch it into the endzone on the following play.
Anderson has been on NFL radars ever since he went for 768 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns on just 128 carries as a sophomore. If Anderson continues to be featured in TCU’s offense, his status as a prospect may be on the cusp of really taking off throughout his senior season.