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Will Anderson shares excitement to be coached by DeMeco Ryans and Houston Texans

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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There may not have been a better team fit than the Texans selecting Will Anderson on Thursday.

Anderson was one of the most dominant players in the Nick Saban era at Alabama with Saban even heralding him as one of the hardest-working players he’s ever coached.

So pairing Anderson with new Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans was a pure no-brainer which was echoed by the third overall pick during his media availability following his selection.

“It was great,” Anderson said when asked about his relationship with Ryans. “From the first time I walked in there, I could just feel the energy. It was great. You know the whole coaching staff it just felt real, it felt authentic. And I just know that was the place for me.”

After using the second pick in the draft to pick up its quarterback of the future CJ Stroud, the Texans used four picks to move back up to No. 3 to bring Anderson to the defense. The aggressive move from the Houston front office didn’t go unnoticed by Anderson which was interpreted as a massive vote of confidence in his abilities.

“I mean they just have a ton of respect for me,” Anderson said. “They just think I’m a special player and I think that just gives me so much more confidence, you know, to walk in there and just be myself and be Will Anderson knowing that I have a coaching staff that really wanted me and really sees something in me.

“And I think for me that’s really what I’m big on, you know, relationships. So just to see that makes you want to go 10 times harder not only for the coaches but for my teammates, for the Texans, for the city of Houston for my family, everything.”

Anderson’s full press conference can be seen below.

Will Anderson talks EXCITEMENT joining Texans & being coached by DeMeco Ryans

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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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