Alabama LB Will Anderson a finalist for Rotary Lombardi Award
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Alabama linebacker Will Anderson is a finalist for two national defensive awards.
He has a chance to repeat as the Bronko Nagurski Award winner, and he’s a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Trophy.
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An announcement came Thursday from the Rotary Club of Houston on Anderson becoming a finalist.
The 4 finalists for the 49th Rotary Lombardi Award® are
Will Anderson, Jr., @UA_Athletics
Brock Bowers, @UGAAthletics
Jalen Carter, @UGAAthletics
Tuli Tuipulotu, @USC_Athletics
The winner will be announced Dec 7th. For more information, please visit https://t.co/xR1Kxte4eO pic.twitter.com/9bH3c5Tqju
— RotaryLombardiAward (@RotaryLombardi) November 17, 2022
He joins Georgia’s Brock Bowers (tight end) and Jalen Carter (defensive lineman) and USC’s Tuli Tuipulotu (defensive lineman). Anderson leads the Southeastern Conference in tackles for loss (13) and is tied for fifth in the nation with seven sacks. He has a team-high 10 quarterback hurries, one blocked field goal, and a pick-six. The 6-foot-4, 243-pounder could become the third Crimson Tide player to win the Rotary Lombardi honor, joining Cornelius Bennett (1986) and Jonathan Allen (2016).
The winner of the Lombardi Award will be announced on Dec. 7.
Anderson will lead the Tide’s defense against Austin Peay on Saturday.
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