Dres Anderson ready for breakout season

Dres Anderson ready for breakout season

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Utes wide receiver Dres Anderson has looked impressive in spring practice and is hoping to have a big season.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Does anybody have more fun playing football than Dres Anderson?

"Probably nobody," said Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham. "He's got a great attitude, he's a hard worker and he's starting to separate himself from the other receivers and really becoming a go-to guy."

"I love the game," Anderson said. "Everyday out here with my teammates is just fun. We're out here making plays and getting better everyday. The offense we run is fast tempo and I love it."

The Utes passing offense struggled last year as evidenced by Anderson's team-leading 365 yards receiving. Anderson had to get used to working with three different quarterbacks and scored just three touchdowns. But with new offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson implementing a faster paced, high-octane offensive system, Anderson is hoping to have a breakout season.

"I have to," Andersen said. "Everyday I'm going to come play and every practice I'm going to get better. I mean, I'm a fast guy, so I like the fast tempo. It gets the defense tired so we can all make big plays."

"He has to keep working and keep at it," Whittingham said. "He needed to add a little size to his frame and he's done a nice job with that. He's about ten pounds heavier, but still has a little ways to go."

Now a junior, Anderson has worked on becoming more of a leader for a young receiving corps.

"I try to make as many plays as I can for the young guys to look up to," he said. "I tell them the little things that they don't know and help them learning the defense. When I was a freshman, I was just out there playing, and when you know the defense, it's a lot easier."

Anderson is the son of former NFL wide receiver Willie "Flipper" Anderson, who played 10 years with the Rams, Colts, Redskins and Broncos. Dres is asked all the time about his famous father, but he doesn't get tired of it.

"I'm going to be Flipper Anderson's kid for the rest of my life, so if you want to say it, you can say it."

Dres hopes it's like father like son.

"He was just a speedster," Dres said about his dad. "He was just deep, and that's what I want to be. I want to be a guy that gets downfield, making playing and catching touchdowns. That's what he was doing was being a big-time player, and that's what I want to be for this team."

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