Moving on to the next player in our Top 25 preseason countdown. As a reminder, we are projecting the best 25 players this coming season based on past performance, the way they impact their teams and with input from other coaches and players around the league. Freshmen, transfers and other newcomers are not being included in the list.
22. Victor Anderson, Louisville
Taking a flyer here on Anderson, who certainly knows what it takes to have a 1,000-yard season. In 2008, Anderson became the school's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2005 when he ran for 1,047 yards and eight scores en route to being named the Big East rookie of the year. But injuries slowed him down in 2009 and 2010. That helped open the door for Bilal Powell to have a breakout season last year with 1,405 yards.
Now the Cardinals need somebody to step up and fill the void Powell is leaving behind. Anderson is the perfect candidate because he is an experienced player and has what it takes to hit the holes hard. He had a tremendous spring as Jeremy Wright sat out with an injury and really drew eyes back on him again. He feels as good as he ever has physically and is poised to perhaps have another repeat performance of 2008.
There are three big questions: 1. Can he stay healthy? 2. How will the reps be divided among he and Wright? 3. How will a revamped offensive line come together.
No. 25 Dave Teggart, UConn
No. 24 B.J. Daniels, USF
No. 23 Tino Sunseri, Pitt