Alabama football player reactions

Alabama players react to Will Anderson and Chris Allen snubbed from PFF’s top pass rusher list

Wil Anderson coming out his stance versus Ohio State in 2020 CFP title game
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics/CFP Media Portal

Pro Football Focus has provided Alabama’s defense with motivation for this season.

The website shared its list of top-five edge rushers returning to college football, and it omitted both William Anderson and Christopher Allen of the Crimson Tide.

Anderson, a sophomore, was the Shaun Alexander National Freshman of the Year in 2020.

Willl Anderson holding Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year award

4/15/21 MFB Freshman of the Year Award
Photo by Rodger Champion
4/15/21 MFB Freshman of the Year Award
Photo by Rodger Champion

He dominated the competition in totaling 52 tackles (10.5 for loss), seven sacks, eight quarterback pressures (team-high), one forced fumble, and one blocked field goal. All seven of his sacks came in each of the last six matchups for Alabama.

Christopher Allen (No. 4) of Alabama sacks Feleipe Franks of Arkansas

Dec 12, 2020; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Christopher Allen (4) forces a fumble as he tackles Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) in the second quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Allen, a redshirt senior, had a dominant year in 2020. He was healthy for the first time since his freshman year and led the Southeastern Conference in tackles for loss (13). Allen had six sacks, five quarterback pressures, and two forced fumbles.

After seeing PFF’s list, Malachi Moore, DeMarcco Hellams, and Chris Owens responded on Twitter.


This season is going to be very entertaining.

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