MOBILE, Ala. — Former North Dakota State running back Bruce Anderson is slated to play in the Senior Bowl, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
The game is considered the premier postseason college all-star football game for NFL Draft prospects. The game will be televised on the NFL Network.
Dane Brugler, an NFL Draft analyst for The Athletic, called Anderson a balanced running back. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Anderson rushed for 924 yards and nine touchdowns in his final season with the Bison.
"That's a great opportunity for him," Brugler recently told the McFeely Mess podcast. "It can be tough during these all-star games for a running back. The practices matter more than the game and it can be tough because your doing 1-on-1s and 7-on-7s and a running back can't always show what he can do during the drills."
Anderson finished his NDSU career with 2,896 yards and 24 touchdowns in 52 games. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry.
"I don't think he's an elite athlete, but he's certainly athletic enough where he can hit the hole and be able to make a guy miss if he needs to," Brugler said.
Anderson is listed on the South roster for the game. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is coaching the South team. Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is coaching the North team.
Lesley Anderson, Bruce's mom, told The Forum that her son hasn't received an invite to the NFL Combine as of this past weekend. Former Bison quarterback Easton Stick has been invited to the combine, scheduled Feb. 26-March 4 in Indianapolis.
Senior Bowl practices start Tuesday, Jan. 22, and continue on Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the game.
Anderson is considered an intriguing prospect by some draft analysts.
Top Dog: Dexter Williams #NotreDams - big-play RB
Most To Gain: Ryquell Armstead #Temple - good film; durability?
Practice Star: Tony Pollard #Memphis - Athletic mismatch in pass drills
Small School Standout: Bruce Anderson #Bison - fun player to watch
Here is Anderson's game-changing 75-yard touchdown catch to start the fourth quarter in a 56-31 victory at Northern Iowa in early October.
Another trademark play for Anderson was this stiff arm against South Dakota State in the NCAA Division I FCS semifinals at the Fargodome. However, that play was called back due to a penalty. Anderson suffered a leg injury during the semifinals. He got in for one play during the national championship game.