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He was named the CFL’s outstanding player of the week following his combined 239-yard performance and three touchdown runs in the Argos’ 41-35 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats earlier this month at the Rogers Centre.
With Brandon Whitaker, 27, out for the season with a torn ACL, Anderson, 24, is getting the best opportunity of his career. Reports out of Montreal last week suggested Edmonton offered Jerome Messam to the Alouettes but the price was too high.
Anderson filled in for Whitaker earlier this season against Edmonton and rushed for 102 yards on 18 carries and also caught three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. He was used sparingly in three other games. Judging by the way he played against the Argos, the Alouettes might not skip a beat with Anderson.
After ripping the Ticats, Kackert missed the next game in Vancouver because of a calf injury. The Argos lost 28-23. Gerald Riggs Jr. replaced him in the lineup and had a decent outing, gaining 43 yards on four receptions and 39 yards on five rushes.
Whitaker was the backup guy for two years when Avon Colborne was Montreal’s No. 1 running back. He became the main man last season when Colborne signed with Hamilton as a free agent. Last season, Whitaker led the league in rushing with 1,381 yards and four touchdowns and also had 638 receiving yards and six TDs.
This season, he had 631 yards on 123 carries and four touchdowns and another 516 yards on 49 catches and two touchdowns before being injured.
“This team has a great mindset of when somebody goes down, it’s an opportunity for the next guy so we try to turn it into a psychological positive,” Trestman said. “Brandon Whitaker is a difference-maker. He’s an elite player. But I think our team will capture the moment.”
Anderson spent a lot of time watching films in preparation for Sunday’s game so he knew what to expect from Toronto’s attack-oriented defence.
“In my opinion, Brandon Whitaker is the best running back in the league,” Anderson said. “But this is a great opportunity for me. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about all my life. I’m fortunate to be playing football professionally. But I have to approach every game as if it’s my last game.
“God’s blessed me with this opportunity so I can praise him by going out and giving 100 per cent on every play.”