Anderson and Neal Lead Pack of AP Preseason All-Americans
The Alabama Crimson Tide had five players named to the AP Preseason All-Americans teams, two on the first team, three on the second.
- Evan Neal, JR, Left Tackle
- Will Anderson, SO, Edge Linebacker
- Emil Ekiyor, JR, Right Guard
- John Metchie III, JR, Wide Receiver
- Christian Harris, JR, Linebacker
Alabama was among eight teams with at least two All-Americans on the first team, though Iowa State and Notre Dame led the country with three each.
Evan Neal enters his first season as the starting left tackle after starting as at left guard his freshman season and right tackle last season. He's widely regarded as one of the best tackles in the country, as proven by his placement on the All-America team.
Will Anderson stands to be one of the country's top pass rushers off a fantastic freshman season in which he recorded 7 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss.
“He’s been really good,” Saban said about Anderson after the second scrimmage. “Will’s probably the guy that creates more havoc for our defense in terms of his ability to pass rush. He understands the whole scheme.”
John Metchie heads into his third season at Alabama as the team's number one receiving option. in 2020, Metchie stepped up as the second option for Mac Jones catching 55 passes for 916 yards 6 touchdowns.
Christian Harris will line up at Will Linebacker next to Tennessee transfer Henry To'o To'o. In two seasons as a starting linebacker for the Crimson Tide, Harris 140 tackles, 4.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Emil Ekiyor returns as the right guard for Alabama after a stellar 2020 season where he played 835 snaps during the season and missed only one assignment and committed one penalty.