It’s the fourth season of college football for Against All Enemies. As we’ve done in previous seasons, we’ll hand out an award each week, highlighting the best Service Academy player from the previous weekend’s games. We call this: The C.I.C. MVP.
Christian Anderson didn’t start under-center for Army in its win over Georgia State, but he certainly left his mark on the game.
The 6-foot-1 senior from the Bronx relieved Tyhier Tyler for the third drive of the game. Army had scored on its previous two drives with Tyler leading the way, and Anderson kept the unit rolling, orchestrating a 13-play, 53-yard drive that ate up 7:31 of clock. The drive was capped off with Anderson handing off to Jakobi Buchanan for a two-yard rushing score.
Anderson ended the first half with a rushing score of his own, and then connected with Tyrell Robinson for a passing touchdown in the third quarter.
The play of Anderson was instrumental in Army getting a road win to open its season. For that, he is this here blog’s C.I.C. MVP of the Week for Week One of the 2021 college football season.
In all, Anderson rushed 15 times for 55 yards and a score, leading the Black Knights in both carries and yards gained. Additionally, he completed 1-of-2 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Two touchdowns and 95 yards in a victory is a pretty stellar way for Anderson to start his senior campaign, even if he wasn’t named the starter against Georgia State.
“The coaches gave me a plan for when I was going to go in at some point during the game,’’ Anderson told the Times Herald-Record. “So I was just waiting for my number to be called. … The coaches say just treat it like practice, and I felt really comfortable with just being out there and executing the plays that I was given.’’
The win was also the 50th at Army for head coach Jeff Monken, who said after the game that the plan was to use a rotation of quarterbacks. In all, four different quarterbacks saw time for Army, but only Anderson was able to score on the ground and through the air.