Overview: Drew Anderson is a redshirt senior who is a quarterback. He started off his college career at the University at Buffalo before transferring to Murray State University. In 2017, Anderson broke Buffalo’s school record as well as the Mid-American Conference record by throwing for 597 yards against Western Michigan. His 7 touchdowns that game tied for the most in his conference. He is a smart signal-caller player, who displays great accuracy and has good arm strength.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Drew, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Murray State University?
DA: The last two years I have played at the University at Buffalo. After graduating in the spring, I felt it would be best for me to explore my options for my final year of eligibility and after visiting Murray and meeting with the coaches I just felt like it was the right fit and coming here would give me the best opportunity to develop as a quarterback.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
DA: I don’t really like to look at it that way. I’m not going to change my approach to the game oranything like that. I know how I prepare and how I work, and I believe in what I can do so right now it’s just about creating good relationships with my teammates and getting on the same page so we can win a lot of games.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
DA: I think some of my greatest strengths would be the way I prepare, the way I see the field and my accuracy. I take pride in all of those things especially always being as well prepared as I can be before a game. The main thing I think I can work on is just becoming more of a vocal leader, a lot of times I prefer to lead by example but sometimes at my position more is required.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
DA: I think the strengths I mentioned before are what really separate me. Particularly accuracy and preparation. There are tons of guys that can make all the throws required in football but I think my accuracy and preparation or ability to understand what the defense is trying to do is what has allowed me to play at a high level.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
DA: I’m not sure I resemble him but I’ve always been a big Aaron Rodgers fan. I grew up in the bay area of California and watched him play at Cal when I was a kid. And his ability to throw the ball from different platforms and make plays when it looks like nothing is there is something I try to learn from and emulate.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
DA: Sutton Smith from NIU.
C: What pressures are there during games to complete plays/succeed? How do you deal with these pressures?
DA: There is always pressure but really I think the only time that really has an effect is usually before the game. Once I am in the middle of the game there are so many other things going on its really not something I think a lot about.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
DA: I think I really fell in love when I was in elementary school playing at recess. I’ve loved the game ever since.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
DA: I’m not really superstitious or anything like that. I usually just try to stay relaxed and loose. The times I have been super pumped up or excited I tend not to play as well.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
DA: I guess as a football player I would just want people to know that I’m a competitor and I pride myself on always being as well prepared as possible going into a game. That allows me to stay loose and know that if I fail it will never be because I wasn’t prepared and I can live with that.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Drew Anderson for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
Follow him on Twitter: @DrewAnderson_12
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Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.