Crimson Tide Stars Earn All-American Honors
Bryce Young, Will Anderson and Jameson Williams have been named members of the 2021 Associated Press All-American first team, marking the eleventh time multiple Crimson Tide players have earned first team honors since Nick Saban's arrival in 2007.
Evan Neal and Jordan Battle were named to the second team, bringing the grand total of 2021 All-Americans to five for the Crimson Tide.
Young, the recent Heisman trophy winner, has completed nearly 70% of his passes this season for over 4,300 yards and 43 touchdowns. The sophomore quarterback has outright dominated opposing defenses this season, and has been responsible for leading Alabama in their toughest moments of the year.
Anderson, a fellow sophomore who finished fifth in this year's Heisman trophy voting, is perceived as the outright best player in college football by many and has given plenty of reason to think so. The former five-star out of Hampton, GA has a mind-boggling 91 tackles this season, as well as 31.5 TFL's and 15.5 sacks.
Drawing comparisons to former Crimson Tide great, Derrick Thomas, Anderson has been a nightmare for offensive linemen this season.
Rounding out the Tide's first team selections is, former Ohio State Buckeye, Jameson Williams. Williams entered a wide receiver room fresh off of losing two first rounders in back-to-back seasons and immediately made his impact felt.
The speedy wideout has not only put up incredible stats, hauling in 68 passes for 1,445 yards and 15 touchdowns, but has given Alabama the ability to completely take the top off of a defense; something many thought the Tide would lose with the departure of Jaylen Waddle.
Neal and Battle have both played their hearts out for Alabama this season, providing veteran leadership on a team that had a lot of inexperience heading into the year. Neal is widely regarded as the top left tackle in the upcoming draft and for good reason, allowing just a single sack all season, and Battle has collected nearly 75 tackles and three interceptions, returning two of them for scores.
The Crimson Tide faces off against the Cincinnati Bearcats on New Years Eve, looking to advance to the second consecutive national title game. The full AP All-American teams can be found here.