MOORHEAD — When Moorhead Spuds senior Seth Anderson didn’t get up right away during the team’s game against Alexandria last Friday night, head football coach Kevin Feeney knew it was something serious.
“Seth doesn’t lay on the ground. When I saw him struggling to get up, that to me was a real injury,” Feeney said. “He really tried to walk off the field. If he would have had his way, he would have walked off the field. Seth is an old-school, throwback player.”
Anderson suffered a season-ending, lower-leg injury early in the second half of a 35-13 loss to the Cardinals at Jim Gotta Stadium, Feeney confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Anderson had surgery earlier this week, Feeney added.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Anderson, who plays on both the offensive and defensive line for the Spuds, has committed to play football at North Dakota State.
“His presence on the field, it didn’t matter which side of the football he’s playing, as an opponent you had to account for him,” Feeney said.
The Spuds (1-1) host Delano at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Jim Gotta Stadium. Feeney said his team needs to move forward without Anderson, but admitted that won’t be easy. Anderson not only was a star player, but also had a blue-collar work ethic.
“I don’t even know how you say it, because we haven’t had guys like Seth, especially at those positions,” Feeney said of his powerful lineman. “The respect that our team had for him, that sort of leadership style, that’s hard to replace that.”
Feeney added, however, the Spuds have the talent to still have a successful season.
“Kids are resilient. They will follow the leadership of the program,” Feeney said. “This is the ultimate team sport. We feel like we’ve got a lot of good parts. … Everybody feels terrible for Seth.”
Anderson verbally committed to NDSU last June and had received offers from Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois, New Mexico State, Kansas, South Dakota State, NDSU, North Dakota, Wyoming and Buffalo.
Despite all that college attention, Feeney said Anderson was focused on the present with the Spuds.
"His high school football team means a lot to him," Feeney said. "Seth wanted to be a really good high school football player first and foremost."