Houston Hosts SMU and ESPN College GameDay this Saturday
Game notes for this week's game between the Cougars and Green Wave
Cougars look to improve to 9-0 for first time in school history
B.J. Anderson begins his third season with the Cougars and continues his work with the offensive line.
Despite a true-freshman quarterback at the helm in 2010, the UH offense ranked in the No. 5 nationally in passing offense with 327.3 yards per game, and top 15 in total offense (480.5, 11th) and scoring offense (37.7, 13th).
During his first season at Houston in 2009, Anderson's offensive line protected Houston quarterback Case Keenum, helping him to lead the nation in total offense (416.4 ypg), while the offensive unit led the nation in total offense (563.4 ypg), passing offense (433.7 ypg) and scoring offense (42.2 points per game). The Cougars also ranked third nationally in lowest pass attempts-to-sack ratio.
In two years, Anderson has guided four linemen to All-Conference USA honors -- Carl Barnett (HM, 2009), Jarve Dean (second team, 2009), Chris Thompson (first team, 2010; HM, 2009) and Isaiah Thompson (second team, 2010). Anderson arrived at Houston after spending three seasons at Sam Houston State.
Following the Bearkats' 2006 campaign which saw an SHSU squad predicted to place no higher than sixth in the conference end up as league runner-up, Anderson coached two first team All-Southland Conference linemen, Lance Hancock and Brandon Hale. Hancock was a repeat All-SLC selection. He also earned All-SLC honors during Anderson's first year at Sam Houston along with Jared Westerman. The 2006 Bearkat offensive line led the way for the league's top rusher and SLC Offensive Player of the Year D. D. Terry.
Prior to his stint at Sam Houston State, Anderson spent three seasons at Tarleton State, where the Texans compiled a 24-8 record. Tarleton State won division titles in the Lone Star Conference in both 2002 and 2003, advancing to the NCAA Division II national playoffs in 2003.
In his third season at Tarleton in 2004, Anderson coached two NCAA Division II All-Region offensive linemen who blocked for an All-American running back.
In 2003, his offensive line paved the way for an attack that averaged 471.6 yards per game. At one point during the season, the Texans ranked number one in the nation in NCAA Division II total offense. During the 2002 season, Anderson's offensive line paved the way for Tarleton State to average 394.6 yards per game in total offense. In both 2003 and 2004, Anderson tutored Lone Star Conference North Division Offensive Lineman of the Year Sam Skidmore.
A native of Van, Texas, Anderson came to Tarleton after three seasons as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M. He was responsible for instruction of the Aggies' offensive tackles and working with the scout team. It was at A&M that Anderson first encountered Sumlin, when the latter served as assistant head coach.
Anderson served four seasons with the staff at Stephen F. Austin, working with the offensive line and tight ends. He received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin in 1997.
Anderson and his wife, Stacey, are the parents of two sons, Justus and Gage.
THE ANDERSON FILE