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Will Anderson prepares for NFL Combine with elite pass rush specialist

Alabama LB Will Anderson Jr. (#31) waves to fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium as he exits the field after victory over Vanderbilt in 2022 season.
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One of the most fearsome players in the Nick Saban era for the University of Alabama is preparing for the NFL Combine.

Will Anderson Jr., a native Georgian, did not accomplish a national championship in 2022, but the former Crimson Tide edge rusher achieved a lot across three years. He has a College Football Playoff National Championship ring from his freshman season in 2020 while having two Southeastern Conference Championships in 2020 and 2021. Anderson swept the College Football Awards last year, winning Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik, Rotary Lombardi, and Lott IMPACT Trophy honors. He was a two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year, two-time first-team All-SEC selection, and the first two-time Unanimous All-American selection in school history. Anderson finished his career with 34.5 sacks and 62 tackles for loss. He is projected as a top-five pick for April’s NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 243-pounder is training with an elite pass rush specialist to get ready for the combine.

Brandon Jordan is one of the trainers for the NFL, regardless of position.

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He’s worked with elite pass rushers such as Cam Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers), TJ Watt (Pittsburgh Steelers), Maxx Crosby (Las Vegas Raiders), Matthew Judon (New England Patriots), Von Miller (Buffalo Bills), Bradley Chubb (Miami Dolphins), and Micah Parsons (Dallas Cowboys). Jordan has also trained some former Alabama standouts such as Raekwon Davis (Dolphins), Jarran Reed (Green Bay Packers), Phidarian Mathis (Washington Commanders), A’Shawn Robinson (Los Angeles Rams), and Isaiah Buggs (Detroit Lions).

Christian Miller, a former Alabama linebacker, compared Anderson to Khalil Mack.

Alabama fans hope Anderson becomes legendary at the next level.

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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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