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Bruce Anderson III

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Bruce Anderson III
No. 35 – Indianapolis Colts
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1997-06-20) June 20, 1997 (age 24)
Ruskin, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Newsome (Lithia, Florida)
College:North Dakota State
Career history
  • Indianapolis Colts (2019–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second team FCS All-American (2017)
  • Fourth team FCS All-American (2018)
  • Second team All-MVFC (2017, 2018)
  • 3x FCS Champion
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

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Bruce Anderson III (born June 20, 1997) is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Dakota State University.

Early years[edit]

Anderson attended River Valley High School in Yuba, California for two years before his family moved to Florida. While playing for Newsome High School Anderson totaled over 2,000 yards and 16 touchdown's on offense and also played safety.[1] On December 20, 2014 Anderson committed to North Dakota State despite holding offers from several FBS programs.[2]

College career[edit]

Freshman Season[edit]

Anderson was initially going to be redshirted during his freshman season, but instead became a stalwart in the Bison backfield. He would go on to play in all 15 games of the 2015 season as the starting kick returner in addition to being a regular at running back. Anderson led the team in return yards with 585 and a school-record 36.56 yards per return, he would've led the FCS in kick return average by more than five yards, but his 16 return attempts were two shy of qualifying for the NCAA rankings. He also tied the NDSU career record with two kickoff return touchdowns. Anderson totaled 90 rushing attempts for 503 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. His explosive nature (particularly on kickoff returns) led to Bison fans yelling "“Bruuuuuuce” whenever he touched the ball, a tradition that would follow him throughout his career.[1][3]

Sophomore Season[edit]

Anderson's sophomore season was a down year. He only played in nine out of fourteen games due to injury and was 5th on the team in rushing yards behind two other running backs, quarterback Easton Stick and fullback Chase Morlock.[4]

Junior Season[edit]

After a lackluster sophomore season, Anderson would rebound in 2017 with a career high 1,216 rushing yards. He played in all 15 games of the 2017 North Dakota State title winning season scoring 15 total touchdowns. Anderson also added 156 receiving yards and tied the school record for touchdowns in a game with five rushing touchdowns against Sam Houston State in the FCS semi-finals. For his accomplishments he was named Second team FCS All-American by HERO Sports.[5]

Senior Season[edit]

In 2018 Anderson appeared in 12 out 15 games. He split starting duties with fellow all-conference running back Lance Dunn and rushed for a team-high 924 yards. Anderson averaged 7.45 yards per carry during his senior campaign, fourth highest in program history. His 16.8 yards per carry against Cal Poly set a school single-game record. Anderson was named 2nd team-all conference and 4th team FCS All-American.[6]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

Bruce Anderson Rushing Receiving Kick returns
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD KR Yds Avg TD
2015 North Dakota State MVFC FR RB 15 90 503 5.58 2 8 55 6.87 1 16 585 36.56 2
2016 North Dakota State MVFC SO RB 9 38 253 6.65 1 4 38 9.5 0 18 363 20.16 0
2017 North Dakota State MVFC JR RB 15 234 1,216 5.19 12 8 156 19.5 3 8 193 24.13 0
2018 North Dakota State MVFC SR RB 12 124 924 7.45 9 12 199 16.58 3 10 219 21.9 0
Career North Dakota State 486 2,896 5.96 24 32 448 14 7 52 1360 26.2 2

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
31 12 in
(0.80 m)
8 78 in
(0.23 m)
4.58 s 1.58 s 2.61 s 4.47 s 7.23 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
22 reps
All values from pro day.


Anderson was signed by his hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 27, 2019.[7] He made a strong impression in the Bucs final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys with 77 total yards, helping him make his way onto the practice squad.[8][9] Only two days after making the practice squad Tampa released Anderson.[10] On September 11, the Indianapolis Colts signed Anderson to the practice squad.[11] He was released due to injury on 11/14.


On December 30, 2019 the Colts signed Anderson to a reserve/future contract.[12] On August 27, 2020 Anderson was moved to Injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson's father, Norman, was an air force master sergeant and civil engineer. The family lived in several locations including Japan, New Mexico and northern California. Despite living Florida, Anderson's parents frequented his games throughout his college career.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bruce Anderson - 2018 - Football". NDSU. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  2. "Bruce Anderson, Newsome , Running Back". 247Sports. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jan 6th 2016 - 12am, Jeff Kolpack / Forum News Service |. "Football a journey for family of North Dakota State Bison running back Bruce Andersons". The Dickinson Press. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  4. "North Dakota State - Cumulative Season Statistics". stats.gobison.com. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  5. "HERO Sports 2017 FCS All-America Teams". FCS Football Insider. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  6. "Bruce Anderson - 2018 - Football". NDSU. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  7. "Bucs sign Newsome's Bruce Anderson to undrafted rookie free agent deal". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  8. "Five observations from the Bucs-Cowboys preseason finale". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  9. "Beckner, Fitzgerald Return as Bucs Start Forming Practice Squad". www.buccaneers.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  10. "The Bucs have signed Patrick O'Connor to the practice squad and have released running back Bruce Anderson III from the practice squad to make room for him". ESPN.com. 2019-09-04. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  11. "Colts Activate S Rolan Milligan; Sign RB Bruce Anderson To Practice Squad". www.colts.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  12. "Colts Bring Back RB Bruce Anderson III To Practice Squad". www.colts.com. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  13. "Colts' Bruce Anderson: Back on IR". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2020-09-10.

External links[edit]


Category:1997 births Category:Living people Category:American football running backs Category:Indianapolis Colts players Category:North Dakota State Bison football players Category:Players of American football from Florida Category:Players of American football from New Mexico

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