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Dallas Turner shows ultimate respect to Will Anderson in growth as a linebacker: “I feed off him”

Alabama OLB Dallas Turner (#15) going through 2022 Spring Practice
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

The pass rush duo of Will Anderson and Dallas Turner will have the heads of quarterbacks spinning.

Turner was not a full-time starter in 2021, but he totaled 8.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and five quarterback hurries.

As he has a year under his belt and Anderson being a force in college football, it will be interesting to see how many sacks the two will combine for. Turner respected Anderson’s game during his freshman season at Alabama in 2020 while he was a five-star in high school. Anderson took Turner under his wing last year, and the South Florida native took off with dominance and production.

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During Wednesday’s airing of In My Own Words, Turner virtually joined Touchdown Alabama Magazine to talk about the NIL opportunity with former Georgia quarterback, Aaron Murray. He also spoke on his personal goals for the season, the expectation the defense has for itself, and how Anderson got him better as a player. Turner said Anderson got him better in aspects he does not know about.

“How he practices and what he does on the field, that’s my brother,” Turner said about Anderson. “We play the same position. He’s on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He helped me by showing me what he’s able to do. If he can do it, then I believe I can do it as well. I just feed off him. Our relationship is just growing, and that is my brother.”

Alabama fans have been waiting for an explosive pass rush duo since Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams.

It has that with Anderson and Turner.

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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.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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