Darius Anderson has been the breakout star for TCU football this season, and one former Horned Frog thinks the young running back will have a shot at the Heisman in his career.
Former TCU linebacker Kris Gardner said on the Purple Menace podcast Tuesday that Anderson will compete for the top award in college football before his time at TCU is over.
“First of all, he will be up for a Heisman before this is all said and done,” Gardner said of Anderson. “If not this year, then next year.”
TCU has had two players finish in the top 5 of the Heisman voting since 2000: LaDainian Tomlinson (2000) and Trevone Boykin (2014) , who both finished fourth. Anderson hasn’t really been mentioned in the Heisman race this season, with more prominent names like Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield taking grabbing more attention.
But Gardner thinks that will change next year.
“The only thing he’s missing right now is the media hype,” Garnder said. “Like Saquon Barkley has the media hype behind him. … It took him that year of [Barkley] being amazing, and now he’s coming back and everybody just talks about Saquon. I think Darius Anderson will be the Saquon Barkley of next year.”
Sharing the backfield with Kyle Hicks will keep Anderson out of the race this year. Plus, he has just 465 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns this season. That’s well behind the pace set by Barkley (649 rushing yards) or Stanford running back Bryce Love (1,240).
But if TCU stays in the top-10 for the rest of this year and gets Anderson some more national media attention heading into the offseason, he could absolutely be in the running for the Heisman next year.
In 2018, he will be TCU’s featured back. With either current freshman Shawn Robinson or 2018 recruit Justin Rogers expected to start at quarterback, the Frogs’ offense will probably lean on Anderson a lot. Combine that with a high ranking that brings the national spotlight, and Gardner’s prediction could come true.
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