It's obvious that State wants to upgrade a program that's won just three games in the last three years. "More resources,'' said athletic director Sean Loyd.
When spring practice ended, Anderson's roster consisted of just 38 players, but it now lists 44 freshmen and a sprinkling of transfers, increasing the overall total to 92.
"We have 22 freshmen or sophomores in our two-deep, our top 44,'' said Anderson, a former defensive coordinator at the University of Sioux Falls, an NAIA power. "We're playing the best guys available. We have great competition. I think we played eight linebackers today. I know that we've got some really good, young football players on this team. They've grown up in a short amount of time, and I'm looking forward to watching them grow up even more as the season goes on.''
West Liberty (2-1), picked fifth in the 11-team Mountain East Conference preseason poll, had 318 yards of offense and 21 first downs but turned the ball over four times.
State's Phillip Le'Floyd, a senior from Atlanta, carried 15 times for 66 yards, and Seals, a senior from Bellvue, Neb., completed 5 of 13 passes for 32 yards and two interceptions.
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.