Seth Anderson embraces Cy-Hawk rivalry ahead of first meeting

Seth Anderson may have just recently acquainted himself with Iowa football, but he’s already embracing one of the Hawkeyes’ biggest rivalries.

Anderson isn’t your typical Iowa homegrown recruit. He didn’t grow up in the Hawkeye State around the big Cy-Hawk rivalry. A Georgia native, the sophomore actually spent his first year at Charleston Southern.

He doesn’t have any previous connections to the battle between Iowa and Iowa State. Anderson’s teammates have gotten him up to speed on the rivalry.

“I heard it’s a big deal, you know, I heard we don’t have our trophy, so we’re going to work to get that back this week for sure. So yeah, it’s going to be good,” Anderson said.

Looking ahead to his first battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy, the son of NFL wide receiver Flipper Anderson is already having some fun.

“I heard it’s going to be pretty toxic, a pretty toxic environment,” commented Anderson with his signature smile about Jack Trice stadium during a recent media availability. “It’s going to be loud and you live for that, so it’s going to be fun.”

Anderson experienced a heated college rivalry his first season at Charleston Southern. He very nonchalantly stated that ECU fans hurled cans at him and his teammates. Of course, that didn’t seem to faze Anderson one bit.

When asked what he’s seen on film from Iowa State, Anderson delivered the real fireworks.

“A lot of opportunity,” Anderson said.

In what way?

“In a good way,” Anderson responded with a smile.

It drew a chuckle from the media in attendance and adds a little trash talk into the equation for the contest this weekend.

Anderson started at wide receiver in the season debut against Utah State last week. He caught two passes for 41 yards, including the first Hawkeye touchdown of the season on a 36-yard reception from quarterback Cade McNamara.

“A lot of improvements to be made. It’s only up from here. You know, it was Week 1, so it’s a good start I think,” Anderson said of his first appearance in the black and gold.

Anderson and the Hawkeye offense will look to carry the momentum from the win into Saturday when they play rival Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.

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