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August 20, 2013Palo Alto High grad Kevin Anderson made Stanford's two-deep depth chart at outside linebacker as a redshirt freshman in 2012. This season, Anderson will look to round out his skillset and continue to grow within the Cardinal defense.
Cardinal Sports Report caught up with Anderson after a recent practice to discuss the upcoming season.
Cardinal Sports Report: You played pretty strictly along the lines in high school. What has been the hardest part of the transition to standing up as a linebacker?
Kevin Anderson: Just the coverage aspects. It takes a little while to figure out what the other moving parts are besides the games up front. But I feel pretty comfortable with them now.
CSR: What are the primary responsibilities of an outside linebacker in this system?
KA: It's pretty multifaceted. You have to drop, you have to rush, you have to set edges, kind of do almost everything. It's tough to say almost one thing.
CSR: Last year coming in as a redshirt freshman and being in the two-deep, what was that experience like for you?
KA: It was a big learning experience. Obviously playing in college games for the first time, but it was awesome traveling helping out the team as much as I could.
CSR: What is the biggest thing for you in this camp? You mentioned the drops in pass coverage earlier, but is there a primary focus?
KA: Just kind of polishing my pass rush skills and obviously working on dropping and the coverage aspects of the game.
How would you assess the competition between Blake Lueders and James Vaughters right now?
KA: They're both working hard and they're both pushing each other. So we'll see what happens. They're both great players.
CSR: What have you seen from Mike Tyler and Peter Kalambayi?
KA: They're young. It's tough to learn the defense, but they're picking up really well. They're working hard and I think they're both going to be good players.
CSR: Are there are any offensive linemen or guys on offense that give you particular problems when you try to get past them?
KA: All those guys are so good. Andrus is awesome. Brendon Austin, Cam Fleming. Murphy. All of them are really good.
CSR: Has there been like one player, two players this summer where you've been like,
'Wow, where did they come from?' Guys who have made a big leap since spring?
KA: It's tough to say. Torsten Rotto, he's doing well, coming out of spring. Blake Martinez definitely. It's going to be fun to see how those guys do.
CSR: Keller Chryst, a high school teammate of your younger brother, committed to Stanford a few months back. What do you know of Keller and what's your relationship like with him?
KA: I've gone back over to Paly and worked out with him a couple of times. He's an awesome guy and I think it's going to be really cool to have him on the team. He's a great football player, great guy.