Will Anderson’s defense may well garner him a Heisman nomination
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Drew Pavan
The Heisman Trophy, long considered the most historic award an individual can receive in college football, has been prominently given to an offensive player, with the one exception of Michigan’s Charles Woodson. Woodson won the Heisman back in 1997 and was the first defensive player to win it. Woodson in his 1997 Heisman season was also highlighted as a wide receiver and a kick returner resulting in four touchdowns to add to his Heisman season.
Defensive players don’t have as many opportunities to score as much as Woodson did. To gain the attention of Heisman voters, players must do something historic.
University of Alabama star sophomore outside linebacker Will Anderson’s dominating performances of late have entered his name into the Heisman conversation.
Anderson leads all of college football with 12.5 Sacks through 10 games so far this season. Anderson also leads with 23 tackles for loss. While the young sophomore has had a great season, he will need a big performance in the next three games.
A tremendous factor of his Heisman campaign is he will need to have a historic three-game performance which may be a tall ask speaking of the three opponents the crimson tide must face in the following weeks. Starting this weekend with 21st ranked Arkansas, Auburn, and then the inevitable current number one team in the Nation Bulldogs of Georgia.
Many obstacles stand in the way of the crimson tides promising sophomore, Now if Anderson wants to be at that Heisman Ceremony come Jan. 5, Anderson will need to break some records this Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.