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    Damien Anderson Named Finalist For Player of the Year

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Damien Anderson is a finalist for Offensive Player of the Year by Football News
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Damien Anderson is a finalist for Offensive Player of the Year by Football News
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Nov. 21, 2000

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern junior running back Damien Anderson (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) was named one of five finalists for National Offensive Player of the Year by Football News Magazine. The announcement was made today by the magazine.

    The finalists are selected by the publication's editorial staff.

    Anderson is one of just two running backs among the finalists. He is joined on the final list by Purdue QB Drew Brees, Oklahoma QB Josh Heupel, TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson, and Florida State QB Chris Weinke.

    Anderson, who helped lead the Wildcats to a share of the Big Ten title and a spot in the SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, set several school records this season. Prominent among them were the single-season records for rushing yards (1,914) and touchdowns (22). He finished second nationally in rushing with 174.0 yards per game, and shattered Lorenzo White's Big Ten records for rushing yards (1,549) and rushing average (193.6) in conference games. Most amazingly, Anderson set the conference marks with 54 fewer carries than White needed in 1985. Overall this season, Anderson averaged a staggering 6.5 yards per carry in 2000.

    Anderson had four games over the 200-yard mark, a school record, including a 292-yard day against Indiana that was the third-best rushing day in school history and a 268-yard day against Michigan that was the best individual rushing performance ever against a Wolverine defense by 67 yards. He also had four-touchdown games against Indiana and Illinois, tying a single-game mark in the process.

    With one full season still to play, Anderson has 3,579 yards rushing which leaves him 214 yards shy of Darnell Autry's all-time school rushing record.