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Anding earns MVP

Burroughs senior running back put up eye-popping numbers and set records in stellar season.

December 13, 2011|BY JEFF TULLY, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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Burroughs High football Coach Keith Knoop was ready for some debate when the football coaches from the Pacific League met to determine who would be named the player of the year.

Knoop came prepared with a wealth of information and statistics in his effort to push for Indians senior running back Zander Anding to win the league's top honor. He made a convincing argument why his player deserved the accolade.

"In the meeting when we talked about our players, I told them the kind of numbers that Zander was able to put up are unpresented," Knoop said. "No one has ever done this before and I don't think anybody will ever do it again."

The rest of the coaches agreed, as only one beside Knoop — we wasn't allowed to vote for his own player — voted Anding as this season's Pacific League Player of the Year.

The season Anding had was nothing short of remarkable. He shattered school records, set the single-season league rushing record, finished first in the state in two rushing categories and was No. 1 in the country in yards per carry.

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In short, he put together the best season by a running back in area history.

"The numbers he was putting up, it kind of quit surprising me after awhile," Knoop said. "The biggest surprise for me came after every game when the media would come to me and tell me how many yards he had. Then I would go break down the film and see that he actually had that many."

Anding rushed for 2,686 yards in 204 carries and 26 touchdowns (30 total touchdowns). He averaged 13.17 yards a carry and a whopping 268.6 yards a game. According to maxpreps.com, Anding's yards-per-carry average was tops in the country and No. 1 in state and his per-game average and yards-per-carry averages were first in the state.

In addition, Anding notched five games in which he gained 300 yards or more, his best effort coming with a 393-yard performance in a league game against Glendale to set a Burroughs record. He also had games of 368, 360, 326 and 319. He holds the top five spots on the all-time list. His 2,686 total also set a single-season record, as did his 182 points.

He leaves the school as the program's all-time scoring leader (250) and career rushing leader (3,345).

"Pretty amazing," Knoop said.

Anding was among a group of 12 Burroughs athletes to All-Pacific League honors, along with a handful players from Burbank. Bellarmine-Jefferson had three athletes garner All-Santa Fe League accolades.

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