In this episode, we profile two of the breakout stars of last year's Gopher team, David Cobb and Damien Wilson.
Brian Anderson is in his fifth season as an assistant coach on the Gopher Football staff. He serves as wide receivers coach after leading the Gophers' running backs from 2011-2013.
Under Anderson's direction in 2014, Isaac Fruechte recorded Minnesota's first 100-yard receiving game since 2012. He caught three passes for 105 yards at Illinois, and finished the season with 18 receptions for 292 yards (16.2-yard average) in a run-heavy offense.
Fruechte, who signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, was complimented by KJ Maye, as the Alabama-native (16 receptions for 298 yards) emerged as a threat in the passing game.
In 2013, Anderson helped produce the Gophers' first 1,000-yard running back since 2006. In 13 games, junior David Cobb rushed for 1,202 yards to become the first back to rush for more than 1,000 yards (and 1,200 yards) since Amir Pinnix. In 2012, Anderson coached Donnell Kirkwood, who churned out 926 yards during his redshirt sophomore year.
Anderson had been on head coach Jerry Kill's staff for 10 years prior to taking his role with the Gophers. He coached tight ends at Northern Illinois for three years and coached wide receivers and kick returners at Southern Illinois from 2001-07.
Prior to joining Coach Kill's staff at Southern Illinois, Anderson coached at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College from 1997-2000. At Coffeyville, three of his student-athletes went on to play in the National Football League. Anderson also coached for two seasons at Highland Community College in Kansas (1996-97).
He began his coaching career at Western Illinois, serving as a student assistant in 1994, before coaching wide receivers in 1995-96.
Anderson's playing career began at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. At Ellsworth, Anderson took part in the 1988 Royal Crown Cola Bowl and the 1989 Mid-American Bowl, that season's NJCAA national championship game. He then moved on to Western Illinois, where he lettered as a wide receiver in 1991 and 1992.
Anderson holds a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois. He and his wife Kerri have a daughter, Annabelle.
THE ANDERSON FILE
Coaching Experience 2014-present: Minnesota - Wide Receivers 2011-2013: Minnesota - Running Backs 2008-10: Northern Illinois - Tight Ends 2001-07: Southern Illinois - Wide Receivers/Returners 1997-00: Coffeyville Community College - Wide Receivers/Returners 1996-97: Highland Community College - Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator 1995-96: Western Illinois - Wide Receivers
Playing Experience Western Illinois (Wide Receiver), 1990-92 Ellsworth C.C. (Wide Receiver), 1988-90