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Alabama fans react to Will Anderson not named a semifinalist for defensive award

Will Anderson celebrates a tackle against Tennessee
Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Will Anderson is one of the most dominant defensive players in college football.

He leads the nation in sacks (14.5) and tackles for loss (29.5).

As a sophomore, no offensive mind has been able to neutralize him from attacking its quarterback. He averages one sack and nearly four tackles for loss per game. Anderson won SEC Defensive Player of the Week five times and is four sacks from being second all-time in Alabama history for a single season. Despite his efforts, he was not named a finalist for the Butkus Award.

People have equated the native Georgian more as a defensive end than a linebacker.

However, the Lott IMPACT Trophy is another major defensive honor. It goes to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.

IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity. Anderson embodies these qualities as a second-year player and is one of the reasons Alabama is competing for a national championship.

According to Brett McMurphy of Stadium, Anderson was not selected as a semifinalist for the IMPACT Trophy.

He faces Georgia on Saturday for an SEC title showdown.

Georgia had two players named as semifinalists.

Alabama fans are furious on social media. They see this as “Bama fatigue” on behalf of these organizations.


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