2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Mike Anderson, LB, University of West Alabama
- Name: Mike Anderson
- Position: LB
- College: University of West Alabama
- Height: 6’0″
- Weight: 205 lbs
- Twitter: @813_kid
- Instagram: @813_kid
What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
My love for football started at a very young age. Backyard football games with my brothers and cousins grew my interest. The 06’ Florida Gators along with Chris Leak is what made me decided to play football. Watching that team and then Tim Tebow made me know for sure that I wanted to be a football player. I wanted to be like them.
What are your favorite moments from your football life?
I have a few favorite moments in my football life. The first that come to mind is my first career interception! It would’ve been a pick six but my own teammate tackled me. However, the following week I picked up a fumble and returned it about 50 yards for a touchdown. The teammate that tackled me could be seen on film giving me crucial blocks that allowed me to score. We still joke about that moment.
What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?
Going forward I hope to grow as a football player mentally. I love knowing what is about to happen next. That is key for any defensive player. I want to be mentally prepared for any situation due to my knowledge of the game.
If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
If I could hang out with a football player it would be Ed Reed. The guy was a dog and had a high football IQ. I believe he would be able to give advice that would make me a better player and a better person. Also, I would enjoy hanging out with Luke Kuechly and Ray Lewis ( I mean what linebacker wouldn’t want to hang around these greats?)
Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?
My mom inspires me the most. She was a single mother raising 7 kids and I owe her everything. Even when times were hard, she always made a way. My ultimate goal is to show her that her dedication to me molded me into the person I am today.
What is your favorite defensive scheme and why?
My favorite defense scheme involves 4-3 Fire Zone blitz. We ran it in college and it was always interesting seeing a defensive lineman drop back in coverage. It shows their versatility and range. My defensive lineman enjoyed these kinds of plays!
What should we know about Mike Anderson the person?
As a person, I am very laid back and enjoy watching anime! In my free time, I enjoy grilling and fishing when I can. Also, I am always willing to do for others no matter the situation. I like helping people even if there isn’t a reward with it.
What stands out about your film the most?
The most important thing that stands out is that I was 200lbs playing middle linebacker in the Gulf South Conference. However, I flew to the ball and was typically around it on every play which allowed me to be the conference’s defensive player of the year.
How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?
When challenges occur, I pause for a second and take a deep breath. Adversity will come in all forms through life and in football. I believe keeping a level head about things is the best approach and trying not to get overwhelmed by the moment.
What would a team get in a player like you?
A team would get a fearless leader, no doubt, being that I was a captain for my squad. I have a high motor along with great football knowledge. Also, I am very coachable and always looking to improve myself and my game.
What do you love the most about the game of football?
Honestly, I love every aspect of it. It’s the only sport I feel like where you can truly dominate and establish your will against a person. I always say “ I like me better than I like you” so when you bring it, you better bring it. You can just let loose and also have fun in the process. It’s the best sport ever invented.
Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?
The most underrated player I’ve played with is Trevonte Carter. He is a defensive lineman that played with me. He was very much like me as far as size. We were always seen as “too small” for our positions but that did not stop him from working hard and being very effective for us. He’s a guy that you would have to worry about if you were the quarterback he loved to hunt.