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Will Anderson becomes a Unanimous All-American for Alabama football

Will Anderson celebrates a play against Mississippi State
Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Will Anderson is the newest member of a prestigious group for Alabama football.

He became a Unanimous All-American for the Crimson Tide.

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Anderson earned first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). All five selectors named the sophomore a first-teamer. He is the twelfth defensive player under Nick Saban to earn the honor — joining Rolando McClain, Mark Barron, DeMarcus Milliner, C.J. Mosley, Landon Collins, Reggie Ragland, Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Quinnen Williams, and Patrick Surtain II. Anderson is the 25th honoree overall in the Saban era for the Tide.

Selectors that made Anderson a Unanimous All-American

-Football Writers Association of American, FWAA

-Walter Camp Football Foundation, WCFF

-Associated Press, AP

-Sporting News, SN

-American Football Coaches Association, AFCA

The 6-foot-4, 243-pounder is the most fearsome linebacker in college football.

He recorded 91 tackles — including 52 solo stops — 32.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, and two pass breakups. Anderson’s output in tackles for loss and sacks led all Division I FBS defenders. He was the Bronko Nagurski Award winner and has Alabama’s defense in the playoff. Anderson and the Tide face Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

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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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