Buckeye Bits: Anderson is a veteran third-year starter who can play either safety and the nickel position … will be a leader on the Ohio State defense … an intelligent player who studies and learns the game … graduated with a degree in Communications in June.

Last Season (Junior): Anderson made 67 tackles for the year as the starting free safety … 15-yard interception and six tackles against Ohio … eight tackles at USC … forced two Minnesota fumbles, recovering one … also had seven stops against the Gophers … seven tackles at Wisconsin … pair of tackles and a pass breakup at Michigan State … nine tackles against Penn State … recovered a Northwestern fumble and made nine tackles … three tackles and a PBU in Michigan win … nine tackles, an interception and forced a fumble in the Fiesta Bowl.

On the Offensive: Anderson rushed for 758 yards, averaged 8.4 yards per carry and scored 14 touchdowns as a high school senior in a wishbone attack.

The Russell Football Lineage: Anderson’s father, Kevin Russell, played football with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and his brother, Brandon, played at North Carolina.

What you may not know about Anderson:

  • The most inspirational person in your life is: my sister
  • Favorite international cuisine: fish tacos
  • Favorite vacation spot: Dominican Republic
  • Favorite candy: orange starburst
  • Coolest part of game day at Ohio Stadium: winning
  • My hometown is known for: Coca-Cola
  • Class you surprisingly liked: visual communication
  • Memorable advice/saying from a parent: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger