• John Macon Gillespie

Brady Anderson Taking Brandon To Next Level

There was never any doubt that the Brandon Bulldogs would be competitive in 2015. However, after losing a load of talent to graduation in 2014, they simply were not supposed to be this good this fast. But they were.

The success was due in large part to junior quarterback Brady Anderson. He stepped into some very big shoes that had been vacated by JUCO National Champion Gardner Minshew.

“It was a great season,” Anderson told SES Mississippi. “I thought we raised a lot of eyebrows, surpassed most people's expectations, and learned more about each other and how to play with each other, but that season was not good enough for us. We failed to reach our goal. We had already beaten the team who put us out of the playoffs and that loss still stings today and will motivate us throughout the off-season.”

The team Anderson is referring to is the South State Champion Petal Panthers. Brandon rolled the Panthers rolled in the regular season but dropped a heartbreaker to them in the postseason. As for the Bulldog quarterback, in the two games combined, he threw for 723 yards with six scores.

Anderson’s comfort level in the pocket and running the offense improved throughout the season.

“As the year went on I felt more and more comfortable with my job and responsibilities on the field,” Anderson explained. “I caught up to the speed of the game and improved my footwork, reads, and progressions.”

Anderson says his off-season will focus around doing the things that he needs to do in order to make him a better player and teammate. One aspect he hopes to improve would create major problems for opposing defenses in 2016.

“I hope to improve all aspects of my game: footwork, speed, quickness, reads, progressions, etc. but I mainly want to improve on my speed,” Anderson said. “I believe if I can run the ball more effectively I can expand my role in our offense.”

The Bulldog field general has his sights set on several camp destinations already.

“I will be attending the Fortius Project camp, a Texas Tech camp, and a Southern Miss camp as of now,” Anderson declared.

The Fortius Project is put on by the SES Network and wil be held at Petal High School on March 5.

With only his senior season remaining, and getting a healthy taste of success in 2015, Anderson is ready to do whatever it takes to lead his team all the way in 2016.

“My ultimate goal for me is to lead my team to the best of my ability and contribute as much as possible on and off the field,” Anderson expressed. “Our team goals are to take the season week by week and not look too far into the season. Ultimately, we plan to take Brandon football to a new level... Win a State Championship.”

**Photos by Keith Warren of the MHSAA

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