MOBILE, Ala. — Former North Dakota State running back Bruce Anderson has shown his versatility during Senior Bowl practice this week, but likely won't play in the game.
"He's probably done for the week," said Anderson's agent, Glen Lansky of Elite Sports Agency in Florida. "The first day (Tuesday) was really, really good. He really showed pass-catching ability."
Lansky said Anderson tweaked his quadriceps muscle during Wednesday's practice. That was the second practice of the week.
Anderson missed NDSU's Division I Football Championship Subdivision title-game win over Eastern Washington earlier this month with a quad injury.
"He's disappointed but he knows he's got a bright future ahead of himself," Lansky said. "We've got a long road ahead. ... I think he showed enough to show that he belongs, that he can be a contributor in the NFL."
Considered the top college football all-star game for NFL Draft prospects, the game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be televised on the NFL Network. Anderson is on the South team.
Lansky said about 25 NFL teams met with Anderson during Senior Bowl week.
“I think he talked to a lot of scouts and showed that he’s an intelligent football player," Lansky said. “He did a nice job showing them that he knows his Xs and Os.”
Anderson has impressed draft analysts with his pass-catching ability. The NFL Draft Network account tweeted out: "NDSU RB Bruce Anderson continuing to show he's a weapon out of the backfield. Strong catch through contact."
Attached to that comment was a video of Anderson making a contested catch with a defender on his hip during a pass-catching drill.
Connor Livesay of SportsTalkLine.com asked Anderson about his pass-catching skills.
"I feel like that's something that kind of the scouts look for at the next level," Anderson told Livesay. "They want to take a guy that can play a whole bunch of positions and get more bang for their buck."
Emory Hunt of Football Gameplan also interviewed Anderson. Hunt asked Anderson how playing at NDSU helped prepare him for a potential NFL career.
"It prepared me for this stage right now," Anderson told Hunt. "The pro-style offense, what they bring to the table is kind of similar moving forward."
Anderson said special teams are another area where he thinks he can help an NFL team.
"I think that's real important being able to play special teams and a return man, that makes you that more dynamic," Anderson told Livesay.
Lansky said Anderson's special teams experience at NDSU makes him a more appealing prospect.
"I think North Dakota State did very well in preparing him," Lansky said. "The more you can do, the better chance you've got on sticking on a 53-man roster."
Lansky said as of now, Anderson hasn't received an invite to the NFL Combine. Anderson is doing his training at D1 Training in Tampa, Fla., preparing for NDSU Pro Day.
Anderson rushed for 924 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games in his final season with the Bison, averaging 7.5 yards per carry. He also had 12 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns.
Lansky compared Anderson to San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida, who played at Georgia Southern.
"Someone who that can do everything, catch, run, pass block ... special teams," Lansky said.