Most of you know the whole story behind RB Justin Anderson. He was our last 1,000 yd rusher back (Spann's 170 yds away) in 2007 when we were 2-10. Since Kill took over in 2008, JA stumbled down the depth chart, finishing with only 209 rushing yds last year. This year he has that same 3rd string role and has rushed for 136 yds on 20 carries in 2009. The extent of his spotlight was the 4th down run on a fake punt to seal the victory against Purdue earlier this year.
He hasn't been able to get much of a shake behind both Chad Spann and Me'co Brown this year. However, in the last game both players were spelled late in the game because of injuries. Spann suffered a shoulder stinger late and just by watching Brown you could tell that he has been suffering from some sort of injury.
Huskie Wire has the updated status for both backs:
Injury updates: Kill said running back Chad Spann (shoulder) would not practice Tuesday, but reiterated that Spann would remain a game-time decision. Running back Me'co Brown has an ankle injury and Kill said the sophomore hasn't been 100 percent for 2-3 weeks. Brown practiced on Sunday but limped throughout the practice. Kill said on Tuesday if the game were that day that Brown would play.
So if Spann and Brown aren't able to go, then what Coach Kill?
"We still have Justin Anderson and Ricky Crider who have played some minutes," Kill said. "We’re not going to sit around and worry about what we can’t control. Hopefully, Chad will be ready to go. We’re going to start the next one and play.”
#21 has always been a fan favorite and it should be interesting to see exactly how many touches he gets in Athens.
On the defensive side of things, FS David Bryant continues to be plagued by injuries his senior year. He is not listed on the depth chart and his status is doubtful for Saturday:
Kill also said that safety David Bryant, who injured a knee against Miami (Ohio) could be available to play but will see how the week develops. Bryant participated in more of practice than he did last week.
Going as planned, QB Chandler Harnish has recovered nicely to play against the Bobcats this weekend
On the positive side for the Huskies, Kill said quarterback Chandler Harnish's right knee came out better than expected after Harnish played the second half against Ball State this past Thursday.
"I think Chandler Harnish was kind of surprised at how good he did feel at the end of the game, which is a good thing for us," Kill said. "He practiced on Sunday. He didn’t have as much swelling as we had anticipated. It was good that he got minutes during that game. It’s going to help us going into this one."