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Dominant Alabama LB grabs fourth first-team All-American recognition

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

Will Anderson’s trophy case has not closed yet, and that is impressive despite him not having the same numbers as last year.

The junior edge rusher for Alabama football captured his fourth first-team All-American selection Tuesday morning from Sporting News. Anderson now has Sporting News, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, and Football Writers Association of America inking him as a first-team All-American. He needs a nod from the American Football Coaches Association or AFCA to become a two-time Unanimous First Team All-American. Anderson has posted a story-filled career for the Crimson Tide marked with several individual honors. He took home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, and SEC Defensive Player of the Year (AP and SEC coaches) this season.

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Anderson collected 51 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, a pass breakup, a blocked field goal, and an interception returned for a 25-yard touchdown. The 6-foot-4, 243-pounder led the Tide in tackles for loss, sacks, and quarterback pressures. He earned permanent team captain honors from his peers and is second all-time in school history for sacks (34.5).

Anderson can be the 25th Unanimous All-American in the Nick Saban era at Alabama since 2008.

He is currently a Consensus All-American.

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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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