In the end, it took TCU running back Darius Anderson just seconds to remind Horned Frogs fans of what they’ve been missing.
In their Week 3 showdown against top-5 ranked Ohio State, the George Ranch High alum scampered 93-yards at AT&T Stadium to post the longest run in school history, bumping future NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson and his pair of 89-yard runs from the record books.
It was the junior speedster’s way of pronouncing he’s back on the scene for TCU after being limited to just 11 games last season due to injury.
“I just look at it as motivation,” Anderson recently told SB Nation of now being counted on more than ever for the Horned Frogs (3-3,1-2) in their race for the six wins needed for bowl eligibility. “At the end of the day. I just want the national championship. I want to win with my team.”
The 5-foot-11, 212 pound junior is doing all he can to help the cause, going as far as to play on kickoff returns.
“Not many times can we get a running back, because of their attitude, to play special teams,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said of Anderson and Emari Demercado. “Seeing a pair of star running backs on special team units says a lot about the mindset of the team, and speaks volumes on the character of the individual players.”
Having dropped three of their last four, the Frogs know they need all they can get from their rising star.
TCU closes the regular season with nationally ranked Oklahoma and West Virginia among their final six games.