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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:07 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2006

Running back Anderson quits UH football team

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Running back Jazen Anderson said he has quit the University of Hawai'i football team.

"It just wasn't working out for the best," said Anderson, the younger brother of former All-Pro running back Jamal Anderson. Jamal Anderson played in Atlanta when UH coach June Jones was the Falcons' head coach.

Anderson said the decision was based partly on expected playing time — he was listed tied for No. 3 on the depth chart, behind seniors Nate Ilaoa and Reagan Mauia — and partly because "the run-and-shoot (offense) doesn't fit my running style. It's more blocking than running."

In UH's four-wide offense, the running back serves primarily as a backfield blocker.

"I still love the team," Anderson said. "That's the worst part of it. Those are my boys. I forged a bond with those guys in the spring. And I still think coach Jones is a great coach. I wish the Warriors the best."

Anderson said he had planned to share an apartment with Ilaoa, defensive end Melila Purcell III and left guard Hercules Satele.

Anderson, who has only one year of NCAA Division I-A eligibility remaining, said he does not have any immediate plans. He leaves for Los Angeles on Tuesday.

UH does not gain a scholarship because Anderson is a walk-on.

But Khevin Peoples has moved from linebacker to running back.

Reach Stephen Tsai at stsai@honoluluadvertiser.com.