A dominant recreation and a win in Alabama place Will Anderson within the Heisman combine
Will Anderson has two things on his mind when they meet on Saturday.
He wants to show Georgia what she neglected to recruit and make his name a permanent fixture in the conversation about the Heisman Trophy.
Anderson had an incredible second season with the Alabama football linebacker. He has the defense in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game against the Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The 6-foot-4,243-pounder was one of the most addicting players in college football. He is the fearless defense leader of the Crimson Tide and one of their team leaders. Anderson’s 12 game stats are staggering. He has a total of 85 tackles – including a team-strong 49 solo stops – 30.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.
Anderson leads the nation in sacks and tackles for loss.
Texas A&M has served Alabama its only flaw, but no offense has countered Anderson. Offensive coaches were frustrated with his ability to drop quarterbacks. As a native Georgian, the former five-star 2020 recruitment cycle wasn’t a priority for the Bulldogs. Anderson didn’t attract much attention and the mood stays with him. He will play for Stetson Bennett with bad intentions. A dominant performance from Anderson and a win for Alabama could put him right in the mix for a trip to New York City. Charles Woodson, a defensive back, was the last defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.
He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997.
Joey Bosa, Ohio State, Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, Chase Young, Ohio State, and Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska were all participating in Heisman races at college, according to a graphic from Crimson Tide’s social media network.
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– Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 3, 2021
Anderson has more tackles and tackles for loss than any of the four athletes in their Heisman campaigns. He was snubbed for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Butkus Award; However, Anderson knows that the Heisman is a possibility for him.
He was the most dominant defensive player all season. An unbelievable SEC championship could crack his ticket for the coveted bronze honor.
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Stephen M. Smith is the senior editor and senior writer of Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” on Twitter via @CoachingMSmith.