The Houston Texans have a first-year head coach, but DeMeco Ryans is excited to have a few University of Alabama alums on his roster.
As a former All-American linebacker for the Crimson Tide, Ryans gets an opportunity to coach Will Anderson Jr., Christian Harris, and Henry To’oto’o in the National Football League. He inherited Harris, but Ryans selected Anderson and To’oto’o during the recent NFL Draft. Anderson has been superb in training camp, making a seamless move from outside linebacker to defensive end. Ryans loves the explosiveness and power Anderson brings off the edge. According to Cole Thompson, who covers the Texans, Ryans said Anderson “never takes a rep off.” The 2021 Heisman finalist gets upset when coaches want him to rest.
#Texans HC DeMeco Ryans: “Will Anderson is showing full speed at every rep. He goes full speed, never takes a rep off. He gets mad when we make him take a rep off.”
— Cole Thompson (@MrColeThompson) July 28, 2023
Will Anderson has some SERIOUS power 😳
Anderson has reportedly gotten in the backfield “several” times already.
The transition from OLB to DE for Anderson has reportedly gone “flawless” so far.
Anderson even reportedly “gets mad” at the coaches when they give him a rep off.… pic.twitter.com/BD5mklRo7l
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) July 29, 2023
Harris, who got taken in the 2022 draft, has been running with the first-team defense. Thompson reported on Ryans seeing marquee improvement from the Baton Rouge (La.) native. It is going to be exciting to watch what Harris brings to the team.
#Texans HC DeMeco Ryans: “Christian Harris had been really dialed in. The game has slow down for him to be able make plays. It’s exciting to see him improve.”
Harris has been staying with the No. 1s with Denzel Perryman and Christian Kirksey switching out.
— Cole Thompson (@MrColeThompson) July 27, 2023
Harris and Anderson started on the Crimson Tide’s 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship defense.
Both look to turn things around in Houston.
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