The junior was also the 2021 recipient of the Nagurski
CHARLOTTE – Alabama football’s Will Anderson Jr. was selected as the 2022 winner of the Nagurski Trophy, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Charlotte Touchdown Club announced on Monday evening at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Anderson Jr., who was joined by Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh), Chris Smith (Georgia) and Tuli Tuipulotu (USC) to make up this year’s finalist list, became the second player in the 30-year history of the Nagurksi Trophy to earn the honor in consecutive seasons (Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald won it in 1995 and 1996). He also joined Jonathan Allen, the 2016 honoree, as the only two Alabama players to win the Nagurski in program history.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been presented annually since 1993 to the top defensive player in college football as voted on by the members of the FWAA. The award is named after Bronko Nagurski, who played football for the University of Minnesota and the Chicago Bears.
Nagurski Trophy Winner
Will Anderson Jr., Linebacker
- The reigning Nagurski Trophy winner who has put together another standout season in 2022
- Totaled 51 tackles on the year, including 17 for loss (-72 yards) and 10 sacks (-54 yards)
- Ranks sixth nationally in sacks and seventh in tackles for loss while leading the SEC in both categories
- Contributed a team-high 12 quarterback hurries while adding one pass breakup, a blocked field goal and a pick-six