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McAnderson expects to get shot at pros

Brandon McAnderson

Brandon McAnderson

April 24, 2008

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Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd received a vow from Brandon McAnderson, his former pupil, that he hopes is fulfilled this weekend.

"Sunday night," Wedd said, "he promised to call me."

By then, McAnderson will have a better idea of what his future holds. The former LHS and Kansas University running back hopes to get selected on the second day of the NFL Draft on Sunday and figures to get a free-agent offer Sunday night if he's not picked.

"I feel pretty good," McAnderson said. "I know I'm going to have an opportunity, and that's all you can ask for."

McAnderson said the Steelers and Texans had shown the most interest, and Wedd said several teams have inquired about McAnderson's prep days at LHS.

NFL franchises rarely leave a stone unturned, and digging deep means there's notable interest in the 6-foot, 235-pounder.

McAnderson's contributions to one of KU's best-ever football teams certainly padded his resume. In just 190 carries, McAnderson rushed for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2007, helping Kansas to a 12-1 record.

He worked primarily as a single back his last season at KU, but he projects as a fullback at the next level. NFL.com views McAnderson as a player who could find a spot in the professional ranks.

"Blessed with good size for the switch to fullback," the Web site writes, "McAnderson has flashed the toughness and strength to successfully make the transition to a more traditional fullback role."

McAnderson was KU's special-teams MVP in 2006.

"If you watch him on tape, he's an NFL football player," Wedd said. "He can run the football, he can catch the football, he loves special teams, he can block his tail off. More importantly, he's a team player. He'll find a way to help his team win."

Comments

lionbacker 5 years, 12 months ago

HEY PLUMBERS FAT, WERE YOU THE KID THAT GOT CUT FROM THE FOOTBALL TEAM IN HIGH SCHOOL. ITS ALL NEGATIVE WITH YOU, DID YOUR GRASS NOT TURN GREEN THIS SPRING EITHER, I BET IT WAS THE CITIES FAULT!!!!!!!

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plumberscrack 5 years, 12 months ago

mom_of_three says:"Yeah right:..I'm sure NFL teams called his high school coach instead of his college coach to find out what kind of football player McAnderson is. Sounds more like high school coach trying to cash in on McAnderson's five minutes of fame!"Wedd didn't say they called him instead of Mangino. He just said he was called. You don't know too much about Coach Wedd, do you, or you wouldn't make the comment.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++And I'm saying BS to Wedd being called by the NFL. Like they really care about what Wedd would say, considering how his football team played, was coached, this year. College coaches don't care what lousy high school football coaches think, much less the NFL. Roflmao on that one......

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alobos9 5 years, 12 months ago

The NFL invests A LOT of money into their players... so you BEST believe that they do their research on anyone that they are interested in... which means they have called MOST of the people Brandon have EVER played for. PLUS Coach Wedd is NOT the type of person that is trying to ride ANYONES coat tails.

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mom_of_three 5 years, 12 months ago

"Yeah right:..I'm sure NFL teams called his high school coach instead of his college coach to find out what kind of football player McAnderson is. Sounds more like high school coach trying to cash in on McAnderson's five minutes of fame!"Wedd didn't say they called him instead of Mangino. He just said he was called. You don't know too much about Coach Wedd, do you, or you wouldn't make the comment.

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plumberscrack 5 years, 12 months ago

"Wedd said several teams have inquired about McAnderson's prep days at LHS."+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Yeah right.....I'm sure NFL teams called his high school coach instead of his college coach to find out what kind of football player McAnderson is. Sounds more like high school coach trying to cash in on McAnderson's five minutes of fame!

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consumer1 5 years, 12 months ago

Good Luck Brandon !! Congrats.

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