Will Anderson flourishes as freshman linebacker for top-ranked Crimson Tide

Alabama photo by Kent Gidley / Alabama freshman outside linebacker Will Anderson (31) has racked up seven sacks for the Crimson Tide in their past four games.

Alabama's talented offensive trio of quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and receiver DeVonta Smith are finalists for multiple national college football awards.

Perhaps it's because they haven't had to face Will Anderson in any games.

The true freshman outside linebacker has been a menace for the Crimson Tide, starting all 11 games this season and racking up 43 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. His seven sacks for 39 yards are team-leading totals for the Southeastern Conference champions.

"I like calling him 'The Terminator,' because he is always by the ball just destroying whoever has the ball," a laughing Jones said this week. "He's done a great job all year. I saw it early on. He can pass rush really well. He can run stop really well.

"He just does his job, and for a freshman to come in and work his tail off - I just have a lot of respect for a guy like that.