54 Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson Ohio State
usaUnited States
Clyde, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Post-OSU Update: Tim Anderson was selected with the 74th overall pick (third round) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Anderson played four seasons in the NFL, recording 82 tackles, seven TFLs, and one sack. (updated: Sep. 2022)

Major: History (2001-03), Undeclared (1999-2000)

Weight: 289 (2000-03), 270 (1999)

2003 Media Guide: Tim Anderson returns for his third year as a starter at defensive tackle … listed on the preseason watchlist for the Outland Trophy … tough, competitive football player with a blue-collar mentality … won second-team All-Big Ten honors last year and should be a first-team selection this year … anchors the inside and gives everything he has on every play … coaches love his work ethic and mental toughness … soft-spoken off the field, but all business once he steps between the lines … underrated by some, but not his teammates … one of those players who never wants to come out of the game … relentless … 31-game veteran … rated the No. 7 defensive tackle in the nation by The Sporting News … his gesture of sportsmanship with Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey at the end of the Fiesta Bowl Game was one of the most memorable moments of the season.

2002 Season: Missed the Indiana and Northwestern games with a partially torn calf muscle and did not start, but did play, against San Jose State … seven stops against Kent State was his top game in terms of tackles … most memorable play of the year came at Illinois when he batted down Jon Beutjer’s fourth-down pass (one of three deflections on the year) on the final play of the game to preserve Ohio State’s 23-16 overtime victory … also recovered a fumble at Illinois … his sack of Michigan quarterback Jon Navarre at the OSU 8-yard line began a string of three-consecutive negative plays and forced the Wolverines to settle for their third field goal of the game … also had a sack in the season opener against Texas Tech … finished with four tackles in the Fiesta Bowl, including half a sack.

2002 Media Guide: Tim Anderson will be in his second year as a starter at defensive tackle … tough, physical football player who anchors the inside … made dramatic improvement last year and was one of the most pleasant surprises … should be in the running for all-league honors this year … coming off a tremendous spring … doesn’t say much, but is certainly a leader on the field … good technician who goes all-out on every snap.

2001 Media Guide: Tim Anderson emerged from spring ball as the leading candidate to replace Ryan Pickett as one of the two starting defensive tackles … will have to hold off David Thompson in the fall, but both players should see extensive playing time … big, strong, physical player who gives great effort and has a terrific attitude … has understudied Pickett and Mike Collins the past two years and now appears ready to emerge from their shadows.

2000: Appeared briefly in seven games for a total of 18 minutes … totaled six tackles, including two sacks … three of his tackles and one of his sacks came at Iowa, his top performance of the year … recorded his other sack against Michigan State.

2000 Media Guide: Ohio State’s top six defensive lineman consist of four seniors and two juniors. That may not mean much to many people but it means worlds to Tim Anderson, a huge part of the Ohio State defense’s future and a former high school state wrestling champion. Anderson is blessed with all the tools necessary to be successful – size, speed, athletic ability and a great work ethic. After redshirting last year, he’ll get the chance to use those tools for the first time this season. Jim Heacock, defensive line coach, said. “Tim Anderson blocks very well and he’s a real competitor,” Heacock said. “He’s a good young kid that we’re counting on.”

1999: Redshirted. Anderson will enter 2000 with four years of eligibility remaining.

High School: Selected first-team Division III all-Ohio by the Associated Press as a senior … A USA Today honorable mention All-American … Recorded 59 tackles and seven sacks as a senior … Had 48 tackles and five sacks as a junior at Clyde High School … Undefeated state wrestling champion as a junior … Listed among the Top 100 prospects by the National Recruiting Advisor prior to senior season … Ohio Prep Football Scouting’s eighth-rated player.

Personal: The son of Sandy and James Anderson … an older brother, Bob, played football at Baldwin Wallace and another brother, Jim, played at Wooster College … enjoys country music.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlk
2000Ohio State70633212212000000
2001Ohio State12113425961428201400
2002Ohio State12113616202.5102.510010030
2003Ohio State131345162911583.524000020