Ben Anderson sounds like a man wise beyond his years.

Ben Anderson sounds like a man wise beyond his years.


"At nighttime, I’ve grown older, so I don’t run around as much," the fifth-year senior Arkansas-Pine Bluff quarterback said Tuesday, asked about his on-field endurance. "That helps a lot, too. Just learning to take care of yourself, stuff like that."


Having reached the 10,000-yard plateau in total offense and approaching the mark in passing yards, there’s no question the redshirt senior from Little Rock is playing at a much mature level.


"Ben is, right now for us, playing as a professional," UAPB coach Monte Coleman said. "He’s doing everything we ask him to do."


Named Preseason SWAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, Anderson has improved his NFL draft stock in recent weeks and needs to average just 316.2 passing yards over his remaining five collegiate games for 10,000 in his career. He shattered a school record with 467 yards on 27-of-50 passing at Grambling State on Saturday, and his 533 of UAPB’s 570 total offensive yards put him at 10,157 for his career.


"When I just think about how many yards, it takes me back to each season, starting from that first season," Anderson said. "I just remember specific games, specific moments. It’s a blessing to be healthy, to have played every game, to play with the talent I played with, like (New Orleans Saints left tackle) Terron Armstead, friendships I’ve made with people like (now-graduated) Dezmond Beverly and Justin Billings, to name a few."


Anderson is able to positively look back on his career despite the threat of a second straight losing season. UAPB, which was 10-2 and SWAC champion two years ago, is 3-14 since then, including this year’s 1-5 mark.


But he’s never missed a game, starting all but one in 2012 to make way for William Dunn on Senior Day. And in the midst of team struggles, his prolific passing has been such a bright spot.


"It feels good because I’ve had a good career," Anderson said. "Everything didn’t go as planned. Some of it was out of my control. But overall, it was a good career."


With a young group trying to jell under a Pro-Style scheme, it took Anderson some time to regain the groove that made him a 2011 Freshman of the Year in the conference and first-team All-SWAC quarterback in 2012. Starting off cold with 76 passing yards in a 65-0 loss at Texas State, he’s only thrown for 200 or more yards the past three games.


Saturday’s game was just Anderson’s third career game with 300 or more passing yards. He had 330 vs. Alabama A&M and 316 against Texas Southern last year.


Grambling State defeated UAPB 63-39 Saturday, an end result to the defensive woes the Golden Lions have endured this season. But Anderson — who threw for 278 yards in his first collegiate game in 2011 — knew the Lions would have to score every point possible against the upstart Tigers.


"We knew the offensive coordinator (at Grambling State), knew what type of guy he was," Anderson said of his old mentor Eric Dooley.


Anderson also credited his current coordinator Anthony Jones with "a good game plan." Saturday’s game was the first for Jones since the death of his 16-year-old son in the Huntsville, Alabama, area.


Jones had missed the entire bye-week of work for UAPB, which preceded Grambling week.


"For him to actually come back, that was actually a lot of momentum (added)," Anderson said. "We had something to play for because honestly we didn’t expect him to come back."


As the Lions try to avoid a winless October with a win this Saturday against Texas Southern in Houston, Anderson feels confident in the way he and the rest of the offense are playing.


It showed in a record-breaking performance.


"I can honestly say we played hard," Anderson said. "We’re in the middle of the season, so I feel like we’re clicking. Everything’s going right. So, offensively, we’re in a good spot."