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Demeco Ryans detailed Will Anderson’s role for the Texans

Will Anderson Jr. celebrates Alabama winning 2021 SEC Championship over Georgia
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DeMeco Ryans, the head coach of the Houston Texans, has identified the role of Will Anderson Jr.

The University of Alabama alumnus was an edge rusher. Anderson played with a hand in the dirt as a defensive end, but he also came off the edge as a stand-up outside linebacker. He excelled in both roles, compiling 34.5 sacks, 62 tackles for loss, and 25 quarterback hurries for his career. Ryans told reporters at Texans’ rookie minicamp that Anderson will serve in the same role for Houston that he did for Coach Nick Saban. Aaron Wilson, who covers the Texans for KPRC Channel 2, shared that Anderson will rush from a three-point stance. He encountered several double teams in 2022 for the Crimson Tide, but Anderson had ten sacks.

He has an opportunity to be a marquee star in the National Football League as a rookie.

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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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