Published Monday, March 4, 2013 AT 10:42 PM / Updated at 10:10 AM
Zaire Anderson is back … and bigger
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Zaire Anderson was listed at 220 pounds in the Nebraska football media guide last season but the linebacker said he actually reported to the Huskers at around 203.

Anderson said Monday that he’s now around 225, and eventually thinks he could play at 235.

“I think I can get a little heavier,” he said. “I just don’t want to lose my speed.”

Anderson appears to be off to a good start to spring practice despite tearing his right ACL last September. The former junior-college transfer has been running with the No. 1 defense.

Anderson said the knee hasn’t been a hindrance at all. NU assistant coach Ross Els said Anderson also appears to have full trust in it as he goes through drills.

“He’s not favoring it or anything like that,” Els said. “He’s just going.”

Els said Anderson looked good on Saturday but started to show a little fatigue toward the end of Monday’s practice. Els said the rehab through the winter likely affected his conditioning some.

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