TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr., offensive lineman Evan Neal and quarterback Bryce Young received Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America First Team nods, while kick returner Jameson Williams earned second team honors, the FWAA announced Friday.
The Crimson Tide boasts the most combined players on the FWAA First and Second Teams of any other football program in 2021. It marks the second All-America selection for all four Crimson Tide football players this awards season, while it is Anderson Jr.’s and Neal’s second All-America First Team selection.
Will Anderson Jr.
- One of the most dominant pass-rushers in Alabama program history
- First among all Division I defenders in tackles for loss with 32.5 (-136 yards), a total that ranks second all-time in Crimson Tide single-season records
- Totaled 15.5 sacks (-96 yards) to lead the nation and rank third in program history for a single season behind only Derrick Thomas who owns the Nos. 1 and 2 spots
- Accumulated 92 total tackles, good for second on the Alabama defense, while adding a team-high nine quarterback hurries and two pass breakups
- Played 927 snaps over 13 games
- Anchors an Alabama offensive front that is opening holes and providing time for the nation’s No. 4 scoring offense (42.5 ppg), No. 5 pass efficiency offense (175.5), the No. 2 unit in third-down conversion percentage (53.6), the No. 7 passing offense (347.9 ypg) and the No. 11 red zone offense (.918)
- Accounted for a team-high 30 knockdown blocks
- Tied for second in the nation and first in the SEC in kickoff returns for touchdowns with two
- Recorded two touchdowns on kickoff returns against Southern Miss on Sept. 25, marking the first time any Alabama player has ever scored twice on a kickoff in a single game
- Has a team-high nine kickoff returns for a team-best 337 yards to average 37.4 yards per return
- Also contributes on the Tide’s coverage units, making one tackle in the SEC Championship Game to earn special teams player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff
- Completing 68.0 percent of his passes (314-462) for 4,322 yards with 43 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions
- Second nationally and first in the conference for passing touchdowns
- Third nationally in points responsible for (284), while ranking fifth in the country in passing efficiency (175.5)
- Guided the Alabama offense to the No. 2 third-down conversion percentage in the nation (53.6 percent), completing 70.8 percent of his third-down pass attempts (80-113) for 1,329 yards and 14 touchdowns