Kurt Anderson (American football)

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Kurt Anderson
Posed head and shoulders photograph of Anderson with a beard wearing a grey Buffalo Bills polo shirt
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive line coach
Team Arkansas
Conference SEC
Biographical details
Born (1978-08-08) August 8, 1978 (age 38)
Evanston, Illinois
Playing career
1997–2001 Michigan
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2005 Indiana State (OT/TE)
2006–2007 Michigan (GA)
2008 Eastern Michigan (TE)
2009–2012 Eastern Michigan (OL)
2013–2015 Buffalo Bills (OL/asst. OL)
2016–present Arkansas (OL)

Kurt Kristoffer Anderson (born August 8, 1978) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive line coach at the University of Arkansas. Anderson played college football at the University of Michigan. After his playing career, Anderson became a professional football coach. He served as the assistant offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills in the National Football League (NFL). In the 2015 season, Anderson took over head offensive line coaching duties for training camp and the first six weeks of the regular season for the suspended Aaron Kromer.[1]

High school[edit]

Anderson attended Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois. He was a 1996 Parade All-American linebacker.[2] He earned a full scholarship to The University of Michigan.

College career[edit]

Anderson was a two-year letterman on the offensive line (2000–2001)[3] for the Wolverines and was the starting center. He received the Hugh R. Rader Jr. Memorial Award[4] as the team's top offensive lineman and was selected All-Big Ten Conference by the conference coaches following the 2001 season. He was a member of the 1997 Michigan squad that won the 1998 Rose Bowl on the way to a national championship. He also played in the 1999 Citrus Bowl, the 2000 Orange Bowl, the 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl, and the 2002 Florida Citrus Bowls. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL)in 2002.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2005, Anderson was an assistant coach at Indiana State where he worked with the offensive tackles and tight ends. In 2006, Anderson was a defensive quality control coach at The University of Michigan.[6] Anderson spent the 2007[7] season as a graduate assistant coach for the offensive line. Anderson joined the Eastern Michigan staff on April 2, 2008[8] as tight ends coach before shifting to the offensive line and run game coordinator in 2009. In 2010, Eastern Michigan finished with 2,080 yards rushing. The Eagles' ground attack was extremely effective during the 2011 campaign, Eastern Michigan rushed for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns on 575 carries for the 14th-best ground attack in the nation. A record two-year combined total of 4,700 yards for Eastern Michigan. On January 28, 2013, Anderson joined the Buffalo Bills staff as an offensive quality control coach.[9] On January 26, 2015, it was announced that Anderson was retained and promoted to assistant offensive line coach, by newly named head coach Rex Ryan.[10] In 2015, Anderson coached the Buffalo Bills offensive line that paved the way to 2,432 yards rushing, 152 yards rushing per game, 4.8 yards per attempt, and 19 rushing touchdowns; all marks were best in the NFL on the season.[11] On January 9, 2016 Anderson was introduced as the offensive line coach at the University of Arkansas by head coach Bret Bielema.[12][13]


Anderson is married with five children, wife Jennifer, sons Hawken and Torin, daughter Dagny and twins Odin and Raina. His grandfather, Bob Nowaskey, played for the Chicago Bears of the NFL and the Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC).[14] His father, Donald Anderson, played college football at Northwestern University and in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints.[15] Kurt's older brother, Erick Anderson, is a fellow Michigan alumnus who won the Butkus Award in 1991 playing linebacker for the Wolverines and played in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins. Another older brother, Lars, played football at Indiana University Bloomington.


  1. ^ "Coach Kurt Anderson to take back seat for Bills with Aaron Kromer returning from suspension". syracuse.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kurt Anderson, Lb, Glenbrook South: Michigan". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Michigan Football Lettermen (A through K)". mgoblue.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  4. ^ http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/050609a%7Cac.html
  5. ^ "FANTASY News, Photos, Videos, Stats, Standings, Odds and More - USA TODAY". kffl.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "2006 Football Team -- University of Michigan Athletics". umich.edu. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "2007 Football Team -- University of Michigan Athletics". umich.edu. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Kurt Anderson Named EMU Football Assistant". emueagles.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Bills announce offensive quality control coaches". buffalobills.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Bills hire six new assistant coaches, retain four". buffalobills.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "2016 NFL Team Rushing Stats - National Football League - ESPN". go.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  12. ^ Patrick, Pierson, (9 January 2016). "Bielema Goes Pro For Offensive Line Coach". arkansasrazorbacks.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  13. ^ https://bills.buffalonews.com/2016/01/10/bills-lose-assistant-offensive-line-coach-kurt-anderson-to-college-ranks/
  14. ^ "Bob Nowaskey". nfl.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Anderson Crosses Familiar Familial Lines". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 

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