MOORHEAD — Moorhead Spuds assistant football coach Matt Anderson was on the sideline last September when his son, Seth Anderson, went down with a serious leg injury against Alexandria at Jim Gotta Stadium.
“It was one of the tougher things I had to do as far as having to pull myself together for the rest of the kids on the sideline,” said Matt, a Spuds assistant for the past five seasons. “When he couldn’t stand up, I knew it was pretty bad.”
Seth suffered a broken fibula and damaged a ligament in his ankle, an injury that required surgery on his right leg a few days later. He started running again in December and started feeling back to normal in February. During the coronavirus pandemic, Seth has been able to train from home with weightlifting equipment set up in his garage.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound North Dakota State football recruit is also ready to start his college athletic career.
“I’m 100%,” said Seth, who has a plate and several screws in his right leg.
“He’s faster now than he was at the start of last football season,” Matt added.
Spuds head football coach Kevin Feeney said Seth is one of the strongest players he’s coached during his two decades as a high school coach. His combined lift total in the bench press, squat and power clean is more than 1,100 pounds, including a 300-pound bench press.
Seth projects to play on either the offensive or defensive line for the Bison.
“Either side of the football, he is a to-the-whistle guy. He’s a throwback,” said Feeney, a former NDSU quarterback. “On the offensive side, he’s trying to put the guy into the ground and then once he gets him on the ground, he’s going to go find somebody else.”
Seth has the equipment to bench press, power clean and squat in his garage along with free weights. Matt added the family has a decent-sized yard and also lives near open green space where Seth can do some running and agility drills.
“It’s nice to see him running around again and excited,” said Matt, who was a three-year starter on the defensive line at South Dakota State. “The kid loves football. I liked football when I played, he definitely has more of a love.”
Seth has settled into a routine of lifting weights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with speed, agility and plyometrics training Tuesday and Thursday.
“We’ve got a gym in our garage so it’s kind of nice,” Seth said. “Everything you need basically. We’re just making the best of it.”
Seth usually trains for 2 1/2 to 3 hours per day. He’s been following the workouts he received from NDSU strength and conditioning coach Jim Kramer.
“We’ve been doing the stuff that coach Kramer has given us,” Matt said. “He’s one of the most respected strength and conditioning coordinators in the nation. If you learn from the best and do what the best do, it’s a pretty easy formula.”
Seth was a three-sport athlete for the Spuds, also playing basketball and competing in track and field. He was injured about halfway through the second game of his senior football season with an injury that caused him to miss the basketball season. His spring track season was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“His senior year unfortunately, he hasn’t had the opportunity to compete,” Feeney said. “For some reason, some way, this is going to work out and that’s only going to fuel Seth’s desire to be that much better.”
Seth said it was disappointing with the way his senior year played out from an athletic standpoint, but he’s focused on the future.
“I’m just working on changing my body,” Seth said. “I’m just looking forward to being with my (NDSU) teammates.”
Feeney said Seth has the right mentality as he prepares for his college football career.
“He’s still working extremely hard,” Feeney said. “Seth always has that mentality that he’s going in to compete for a spot and play as soon as he possibly can. I know that’s the way he’s training.”