Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama Crimson Tide – No. 31
PositionOutside linebacker
ClassJunior
Personal information
Born: (2001-09-02) September 2, 2001 (age 21)
Hampton, Georgia
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight243 lb (110 kg)
Career history
College
Bowl games
High schoolDutchtown (Hampton)
Career highlights and awards

William Anderson Jr. (born September 2, 2001) is an American football outside linebacker for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He won the 2021 Bronko Nagurski Trophy as a sophomore after leading the nation in sacks with 17.5.

Early life and high school career

Anderson was born on September 2, 2001, in Hampton, Georgia. He attended Dutchtown High School, where he recorded 22 sacks with 15 tackles for loss as a senior in 2019. Anderson was named to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Super 11" team and played in the 2020 All-American Bowl.[1][2][3] Anderson committed to play college football at Alabama.[4][5]

College career

Anderson was named a starter at outside linebacker as a freshman in 2020.[6][7][8] He was named second-team All-SEC after finishing with seven quarterback sack and 10.5 tackles for loss as the Crimson Tide won the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.[9] As a sophomore in 2021, Anderson won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and voted a unanimous All-American after recording 17.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss, both of which led the nation.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "2019 AJC Super 11: Will Anderson, Dutchtown". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. August 19, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  2. ^ Potter, Charlie (September 23, 2020). "Will Anderson's ascent to starting role 'not surprising at all'". 247Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Zenitz, Mark (February 6, 2020). "Why football people are so high on a new Alabama edge rusher". AL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  4. ^ Rodak, Mike (December 18, 2019). "Four-star linebacker Will Anderson signs with Alabama". AL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  5. ^ Simmons, Chad (June 17, 2019). "Breaking: Four-star DE Williams Anderson commits to Alabama". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  6. ^ Rodak, Mike (September 17, 2020). "Teammate: Alabama freshman Will Anderson has 'got it'". AL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "Alabama freshman linebacker Will Anderson Jr. performs well in debut". Dothan Eagle. September 27, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  8. ^ Suttles, Aaron (September 17, 2020). "Alabama mailbag: Is Will Anderson the elite edge rusher Bama has been missing?". The Athletic. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  9. ^ Rodak, Mike (August 24, 2021). "Is Will Anderson the elite edge rusher the Nick Saban era has been missing?". AL.com. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  10. ^ Logan, Collier. "College Football's Best Player is Will Anderson, Jr., the Likely No. 1 Pick in the 2023 NFL Draft". SI.com. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  11. ^ Smith, Stephen. "Alabama Football News Alabama LB Will Anderson earns comparison to NFL legend, Jason Taylor". TouchdownAlabama.com. Retrieved May 2, 2022.