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True freshmen William Anderson and Malachi Moore are starters for Alabama this season

William Anderson, Alabama OLB, going through drills at fall camp
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

On Monday, there were a couple of surprises on Alabama football’s depth chart for this season.

Both are on defense at jack linebacker and star (nickel), as William Anderson and Malachi Moore have both been named as starters.

Anderson, a true freshman, is a five-star from Georgia. He dominated at Dutchtown High School and at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder is a keen pass rush specialist who has garnered the attention of everyone on the team. He is the starter at jack linebacker and is looking forward to restoring a fierce edge rush.

Moore, a true freshman, hails from Trussville, Ala. He had a great camp and has earned the starting role at nickel.

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The 6-foot, 182-pound is a strong tackler with great instincts and ball skills. He totaled 83 tackles in his senior year at Hewitt-Trussville High School, including 46 solo tackles and five stops for loss. Moore also recorded four interceptions, with two returned for touchdowns.

He has bought firmly into Saban’s process and made quality plays throughout fall practice.

Malachi Moore catching pass in Alabama fall camp 9/5

9/5/20 MFB FallPractice
Alabama defensive back Malachi Moore (13)
Photo by Kent Gidley
9/5/20 MFB FallPractice
Alabama defensive back Malachi Moore (13)
Photo by Kent Gidley

In the national championship seasons under Saban, the Crimson Tide has always had at least one highlight defensive back.

Moore looks to be that type of player for Alabama.

The coaching staff sees Anderson and Moore as players that can deliver winning football, and the young guys will have an opportunity this season.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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