Versatile Anderson ready to make plays for NFA this year

By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider

Newburgh Free Academy’s Terry Anderson seamlessly moved from running back to play quarterback for the first time last season and this year he will likely see time at both positions.

On defense, Anderson, a senior, is dynamic and athletic enough to play defensive back and safety. He might not know where he will be on the field on any given play this season, but Anderson expects to perform in any role for the four-time defending Section 9 Class AA champions.

“I’ll play some running back, I’ll play some quarterback,” Anderson said. “It doesn’t really matter to me. I’m ready for anything. Either way, I will still put on a show. Put me at cornerback or safety and I will put on a show and do what I do best.”

Anderson rushed for 964 yards and nine touchdowns last year, passing for 735 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. However, with the Goldbacks expected to run a multiple offense this year with a scheme that will include some Wing-T, Anderson will see more reps at running back. Senior Derek Lane will likely see more time at quarterback for Newburgh.

Newburgh has run the Double Wing-T successfully in the past, but scraped it early in the 2016 season for an I-formation and then the spread offense last year. However, in a bold move, Newburgh coach Bill Bianco and offensive coordinator Tim Hendershot ditched the spread for Wing-T attack in a 42-20 Class AA semifinal playoff win over rival Monroe-Woodbury last fall.

The Wing-T is a smash mouth, run-heavy, series-based offense that tries to outnumber the defense at the point of attack. Few teams in Section 9 run the scheme, making it hard to prepare for. Anderson, Giani Hill and Syncere Tatum will all see action out of the backfield in the Wing-T.

“Terry is obviously a very dynamic player,” Monroe-Woodbury coach Ryan Baldock said. “He is the type of player that you always have to ID on the field, you have to know where he is pre-snap. You have to make sure you have a game plan for him and don’t fall asleep or he will take it to the house. Terry is the type of kid that you look forward to competing against.”

Anderson, who is 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, also played secondary down the stretch for the Goldbacks last season. He can play defensive back or safety and Bianco will utilize Anderson based on the match-ups. For instance, if Newburgh faces a talented wide receiver, Anderson could cover him at the corner.

Anderson is one of the best quotes in Section 9 and is certainly confident in himself and the Goldbacks. However, Bianco refers to Anderson as one of his best “team guys.” Anderson has always been up for playing any position and has been enthusiastic about his different roles.

“Terry is versatile and it’s nice to have him,” Bianco said. “But there is more to it than what you see on game day. Sometimes you don’t see a kid struggle in practice. It’s not easy to jump around. It’s not like Madden football where you hit a button and a play is made. There is a lot going on and Terry has had to learn a lot. He has worked hard and that has given us the confidence to move him around like we have.”

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