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Alabama’s Bryce Young, Will Anderson and Eli Ricks named to Walter Camp Preseason All-America Team

Will Anderson (#31) trying to pressure Stetson Bennett of Georgia in 2021 SEC Championship Game
Photo by Evan Pilat

Three Alabama football players were named to the 2022 Walter Camp Preseason All-America Team, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Monday.

Will Anderson Jr. (linebacker) and Eli Ricks (defensive back) earned first-team honors on defense with Bryce Young (quarterback) getting first-team recognition on the offensive side. The three student-athletes are part of 50 total named to the Walter Camp Preseason All-America Team which is comprised of 25 players apiece on the first and second teams.

FIRST TEAM

Will Anderson Jr.

Linebacker

  • One of the top defenders in all of college football who enters his junior season in 2022
  • Selected as a unanimous first team All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore
  • Led the country in tackles for loss with 34.5 (-148 yards) and sacks at 17.5 (-108 yards) in 2021
  • Accumulated 102 total tackles to rank second on UA while adding a team-high nine quarterback pressures a season ago

 

Eli Ricks

Defensive Back

  • Comes to Tuscaloosa after spending the previous two seasons at LSU
  • Played in 14 games during his time in Baton Rouge, earning third team and freshman All-America honors in 2020
  • Was also tabbed to the All-SEC Second Team and the Freshman All-SEC Team in his first season of action with the Tigers

 

Bryce Young

Quarterback

  • Returns for his second season as the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback after a record-setting sophomore campaign
  • Set the Alabama single-season marks for passing yards (4,872) and touchdowns (47) on the way to winning the Heisman Trophy last season
  • A consensus first team All-American in 2021 who was also named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Finished 366-of-547 with 4,872 yards and 47 passing touchdowns across his 15 starts in 2021

The Walter Camp Foundation is one of five outlets used to determine consensus All-American status, along with the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, the American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News.

**This information was acquired from a recent press release from Alabama Athletics.**

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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