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Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr. selected as SEC Defensive Player of the Week

Will Anderson Jr. was selected as the Southeastern Conference's Defensive Player of the Week for a 3rd time this season.
Credit: AP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. was selected as the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. The conference honor is Anderson Jr.’s third of the season and UA’s seventh as a team.

Defensive Player of the Week

Will Anderson Jr.

  • Was nearly unblockable in Starkville, totaling a career-high four tackles for loss (-35 yards) – all of which were sacks
  • The tackles for loss were part of his six total stops to go with a pass breakup
  • Became the third Crimson Tide defender in program history to post four-plus sacks in a game, joining only Derrick Thomas and Leroy Cook

    The four sacks by Anderson are just the third time in Alabama program history that a player has been able to accomplish the feat in the single game.

    The other two players are Derrick Thomas and Leroy Cook, with Thomas accomplishing the feat most recently in 1988 against Kentucky.

    Through seven games, Anderson is tied for fifth in the nation in sacks with seven. In 13 games last season, Anderson totaled the same number with seven sacks.

 

Credit: AP
Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)