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Name: Will Anderson Jr. 
College: Alabama     Number: 31
Height: 6-3   Weight: 243
Position: OLB  Pos2: DE
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2024

40 Low: 4.43
   40 Time: 4.52
  40 High: 4.60
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 Data Scout Notes: **2021: NagurskiWinner/DPOYC/WCamp1st/1stC/BednarikFinalist...PButkus/PNagurski/PBednarik...2020: ARTC

 Will Anderson Jr., Alabama, Player News


  2021 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD FINALIST: Will Anderson, Jr., Alabama,...One of the most dominant pass-rushers in Alabama program history...First among all Division I defenders in tackles for loss with 32.5 (-136 yards), a total that ranks second all-time in Crimson Tide single-season records...Totaled 15.5 (-96 yards) to lead the nation and rank third in program history for a single season behind only Derrick Thomas who owns the Nos. 1 and 2 spots...Accumulated 92 total tackles, good for second on the Alabama defense, while adding a team-high nine quarterback hurries and two pass breakups. - Alabama Football

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  2021 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Will Anderson Jr., Alabama,...Anderson leads the nation with 32.5 tackles for loss, which is second all-time in a single season at Alabama. He also leads the nation with 15.5 sacks and ranks second on the team with 92 total tackles. Anderson was named winner of the Nagurski Trophy earlier this week. - SEC Football

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  2021 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Will Anderson Jr., Alabama,...The Crimson Tide led the way with 11 All-SEC selections, including six on first team. This marks the 14th straight season Alabama has led the conference in All-SEC picks. Evan Neal (OL), Brian Robinson Jr. (RB), Jameson Williams (WR) and Bryce Young (QB) were first-team selections on offense, while Jordan Battle (DB) and Will Anderson Jr. (LB) were tabbed first-team honorees on defense. - Alabama Football

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  2021 NAGURSKI TROPHY WINNER: Will Anderson Jr., Linebacker, Alabama, Sophomore,...One of the most dominant pass-rushers in Alabama program history...The national leader in tackles for loss with 32.5 (-136 yards), a total that ranks second all-time in Crimson Tide single-season records...Also leads the country in sacks with 15.5 (-96 yards) to rank third in program history for a single season behind only Derrick Thomas who owns the Nos. 1 and 2 spots...Accumulated 92 total tackles, good for second on the Alabama defense, while adding a team-high nine quarterback hurries and two pass breakups. - Alabama Football

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  Alabama jumped Cincinnati to No. 2 behind Georgia in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday and Oklahoma dropped eight spots to No. 12 after losing for the first time this season. Georgia is a unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank for the sixth consecutive week and the Southeastern Conference has the top two teams in the poll for the sixth time this season. Alabama and Georgia were flip-flopped at Nos. 1 and 2 for five weeks in September and early October.

The switch from Cincinnati to Alabama at No. 2 was more about the Bearcats than the Crimson Tide, which closed the gap on UC to four points last week. Alabama took care of business against overmatched New Mexico State on Saturday. No surprise there. Cincinnati remained unbeaten after winning at South Florida 45-28 on Friday night. It was the fourth straight week the Bearcats played a team with a losing record and found themselves in a competitive game in the second half. That tipped a few more voters to drop Cincinnati. Behind the Bearcats, No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 Oklahoma State all moved up one spot after Oklahoma tumbled. - AP College Football


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  NOV 8 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama,...Anderson was all over the field in a 20-14 defensive slugfest victory over LSU...He led the Crimson Tide in tackles with a career-best 12, including eight solo stops...Added four more tackles for loss (-13 yards) to his NCAA-best 21...Added 1.5 more sacks to his team leading total of 10.5, which leads the SEC and ranks 4th nationally...Batted down one pass and was credited with two more quarterback hurries...Helped the Crimson Tide limit LSU to just 295 total yards, including 109 rushing yards. - SEC Football

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  Alabama was living dangerously, with a missed extra point, a nonexistent running game and a lead repeatedly in jeopardy. The third-ranked Crimson Tide's defense kept turning away heavy underdog LSU late and Bryce Young passed for 302 yards to survive for a 20-14 victory on Saturday night. "Sometimes we have an expectation that we're going to win easy, but sometimes it's not so easy," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) preserved their national championship hopes in a game that was as tight as some meetings when both were nursing such ambitions. The injury-depleted Tigers (4-5, 2-4) and lame-duck coach Ed Orgeron didn't act like 29.5-point underdogs, which they were according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

It certainly wasn't this time for a team left with no margin for error after a loss to No. 13 Texas A&M. It wasn't over until the final play, a Hail Mary that fell incomplete in the end zone. The Tigers came up empty in three fourth-quarter trips into Alabama territory, including that quick venture to the 30 in the final minute. Young, the Heisman Trophy front-runner, completed 24 of 37 passes with a couple of touchdowns, including a 58-yarder to Jameson Williams. Williams caught 10 passes for 160 yards. LSU harried Young all night and held Brian Robinson Jr. to 18 yards on 13 carries for a team that netted 6 yards on the ground thanks largely to sacks. But Alabama returned the favor with Will Anderson Jr. racking up 12 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and four tackles for loss. "Relentless effort, that's all I can say," Anderson said about the defensive performance. "It was relentless effort." - Alabama/AP College Football


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  OCT 18 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama,...Anderson was a wrecking crew for the Alabama defense in Starkville against Mississippi State...He became just the third player in school history to record four sacks in a single game, joining Derrick Thomas and Leroy Cook...His four sacks accounted for-35 yards rushing as the Tide held State to minus-one yard rushing for the game...He was officially credited with six total tackles, including five solo stops...His four tackles for loss give him 15 on the season, which leads the nation at 2.1 per game...Alabama coaches credited him with 6 quarterback pressures...Anderson also batted down a pass...Helped hold State to 18.8 points below their season average and 72 yards below their passing offense average entering the game. - SEC Football

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  OCT 4 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Anderson, LB, Alabama,...Anderson spent a significant amount of time in the backfield of the nation's top-ranked offense on Saturday...He added another 2.5 tackles for loss to give him a nation's best 11 TFL on the year...Recorded his third sack of the season...Finished with nine total tackles, including four solo stops...Added two additional quarterback hurries...Helped hold Ole Miss to a staggering 31.7 points below their season average and 344 yards below their total offense average entering the game. - SEC Football

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  SEPT 20 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Anderson, LB, Alabama,...Anderson led the Crimson Tide in production points as the Tide defeated No. 9 Florida in Gainesville...Finished with seven total tackles with four solo stops...Recorded a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss (-8 yards)...Alabama coaches credited Anderson with four pressures. - SEC Football

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  Ohio State has Chase Young and the Bosa brothers. Texas A&M has Myles Garrett. South Carolina has Jadeveon Clowney. When it comes to game-wrecking edge rushers whose talents were so obvious that they did not last more than a few picks in the NFL draft, recent history puts Alabama a step behind some of its peers in college football. Nick Saban's 14 seasons as Alabama's coach have produced a first-round pick the following spring at every non-specialist position except edge rusher. The last time any Crimson Tide edge rusher was drafted in the first round was in 1993, when John Copeland and Eric Curry were chosen consecutive with the Nos. 5 and 6 overall picks, respectively.

Is Will Anderson the player who will end that drought? At the very least, the Alabama outside linebacker's freshman season put him in that conversation. He started immediately and finished third in the SEC with seven sacks. The FWAA named Anderson its freshman of the year and he was a second-team All-SEC pick by the Associated Press. The expectations have only risen this fall. He is a preseason first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, two of the organizations whose postseason honors are recognized by the NCAA. The media made Anderson a first-team preseason All-SEC pick, and he is on the watch list for the Walter Camp player of the year award. - Birmingham News


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  New England Patriots linebacker Anfernee Jennings is still impacting Alabama football. A Crimson Tide linebacker from 2015-2019, Jennings' play has been the focus of a current elite pass rusher: Will Anderson. The sophomore said Tuesday that he watches a lot of old film, specifically that of Jennings. "He was a great player and very talented," Anderson said. Some of the things that Anderson admires: Jennings' ability to shed blockers, rush the passer and defend the run. In his freshman year of 2020, Anderson already is putting up comparable numbers to Jennings.

Anderson finished with seven sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss as a freshman. Jennings had eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in 2019, his last season with the Crimson Tide as he earned a spot on the All-SEC first team. Jennings is in his second year with the Patriots. He played in 14 games in 2020, tallying 10 total tackles. He was named to the All-SEC freshman and All-SEC second team in 2020. Junior linebacker Christian Harris said Anderson has grown each and every day since he arrived. "He's really a leader on our team as well, especially on our defense, just by really how he attacks each and every day, each rep," Harris said. "He never takes a play off and it kind of motivates everybody else to give that same effort." - Montgomery Advertiser


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  Alabama football defensive end Will Anderson Jr. accepted the Shaun Alexander Award honoring him as the 2020 National Freshman of the Year on Thursday. Anderson is the first Alabama player to win the award, which was established in 2018. Anderson was named as the winner of the award, which is administered by the Football Writers Association of America, last January but was officially presented with the trophy in a brief ceremony. Alexander, one of Alabama's all-time star running backs, was on hand for the presentation. "I'm honored to be the first Alabama player to win this award," Anderson said. "I want to thank my coaches for helping me as a freshman. Now it's time to move on to my sophomore year. "It means the world to me, standing next to an Alabama legend." Anderson was tied for second in the Southeastern Conference in 2020 with seven sacks and was third in the SEC with 10.5 tackles for loss. He started all 13 games for the Crimson Tide, finishing with 52 tackles and a team-high eight quarterback pressures. - Montgomery Advertiser

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  They called him the terminator and he didn't even know why. Will Anderson, the breakout star of the 2020 Alabama signing class, was a starter from Day 1 by looking like the prototype outside linebacker. A high-motor factor in opposing backfields, Anderson got the nickname as his legend grew among Crimson Tide fans. The Hampton, Georgia product just needed to do a little research before the full context was clear. "I'm kind of ashamed because I've never even watched the movie 'The Terminator,'" said Anderson, born nearly two decades after the original release of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. "But I like the name, it's a good name. I guess when I looked it up and people were telling me what the meaning of it, I said, 'OK, it can stay.' But it's great. I like it." Anderson sounded like an old pro doing his first round of Zoom chats with local professionals after graduating from the program's restriction on freshmen interviews. He reflected on his debut season that included seven sacks (second-most on the team behind Christian Barmore's eight) and 10 tackles for loss. - Birmingham News

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  Two Alabama newcomers were honored Monday by the Football Writers Association of America while one earned the top prize. Linebacker Will Anderson was named national freshman of the year when the group released its freshman All-American team. Defensive back Malachi Moore also made the first-team freshmen All-American list. Anderson was tied for second in the conference with seven sacks and was third with 10.5 tackles for loss. Anderson started all 13 games and finished with 52 tackles and a team-high eight quarterback pressures. - Birmingham News

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  2020 SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): LB Will Anderson Jr., Alabama,...Anderson Jr. leads the SEC in sacks with seven (-39 yards) while ranking second in tackles for loss at 10.5 (-52 yards)...started every game this season and totaled 43 tackles to go with a team-high eight quarterback pressures and one forced fumble. - Alabama Football

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  The expectation was for the little veteran presence UA has at outside linebacker, Christopher Allen and Ben Davis, to be the every-down players. Anderson and fellow freshmen Drew Sanders would fall in line to use their pass-rush skills in specific situations, ones that allowed the to contribute to depth while not exposing them to situations for which they're ill-prepared. Anderson proved ready to handle run-stopping responsibilities, too. On a fourth-and-2 with roughly five minutes left in the first quarter, Missouri ran an option to Anderson's side. Anderson played quarterback Shawn Robinson quickly, forcing an early pitch - early enough for Moses to track the ball carrier down for a loss and turnover on downs.

Plays like that are how Anderson earned an early nickname: Terminator. According to quarterback Mac Jones, UA offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian labeled Anderson the Terminator in a film session, "because he's always around the ball destroying people." As Anderson develops, he'll have more opportunities to be around the ball. He's already earned more than he would've had four weeks ago. "He'll get better and play a lot here," Jones said. "His name, hopefully he can live up to the Terminator name." - Montgomery Advertiser


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  Among the standout players from Alabama's fall camp and scrimmages, which have been closed to reporters, has been freshman outside linebacker Will Anderson. Anderson, a five-star recruit from Georgia rated as the No. 17 prospect in the nation for the 2020 class by 247 Sports, earned praise from one of his teammates Thursday. "He's just a guy who came in and you could just tell he's got it," defensive tackle DJ Dale said. "His confidence. He's just so willing to learn. He listens. He's a great player. He's got it. He came in with it." Asked about Anderson on Thursday, fifth-year offensive lineman Landon Dickerson called the freshman a "terrific guy" and "great athlete." "He's done a lot of great things in person," Dickerson said. Alabama lost both of its starting outside linebackers from last season, Terrell Lewis and Anfernee Jennings, to the NFL. That opened a void that veteran players on the roster such as Ben Davis and Christopher Allen could fill, but Anderson has quickly risen to where he could earn significant playing time this season. Anderson had "multiple sacks" in the team's first scrimmage of fall camp, AL.com's Matt Zenitz reported, and he has been a "disruptive presence and consistent standout through fall camp." - Birmingham News

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