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Alabama football cannot over-rely on linebacker Will Anderson

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He is a defensive leader, but Alabama has to show it possesses more than Will Anderson Jr.

The sophomore was a warrior last week against Florida.

He was not 100 percent; however, he had seven tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and four quarterback hurries. Anderson pushed the Crimson Tide to a 31-29 victory and earned SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pounder wants to achieve the “Alabama standard,” but who is prepared to join him?

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Crimson Tide fans hope the answer to this question starts versus Southern Mississippi. The LED lighting feature will be something to behold at Bryant-Denny Stadium; nevertheless, the main goal is for Alabama to create an identity on defense.

It cannot afford to over-rely on Anderson. The Tide has recruited game-changers on defense, and it’s time to see them.

Before facing Ole Miss, Alabama has to emerge from the matchup with the Golden Eagles having more confidence.

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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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