5 Alabama players to watch in NC game who will play against Miami football in 2021 opener

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Will Anderson freshman jack LB

Will Anderson has been a freshman phenom for Alabama in 2020. As a true freshman this season, Anderson has 49 tackles, 10.5 tackles and is tied for the Alabama team lead with seven sacks. Anderson is part of a group of Alabama freshmen who have made an impact during the Crimson Tide’s 12-0 season.

Alabama became the first SEC team to win 10 regular-season conference games. The Crimson Tide is attempting to become the first team to win three College Football Playoff Championships. An Ohio State victory would tie the Buckeyes with the Crimson Tide and Clemson with two CFP titles.

The Buckeyes won the first CFP title following the 2014 season. Anderson will be a key player for Alabama against the run and as an edge rusher in their 3-4 defense. The Buckeyes rank fifth averaging 272.57 rushing yards per game. The Buckeyes offensive line has been susceptible to allowing sacks this season.

Ohio State ranks 101st allowing 2.86 sacks per game. Alabama is 24th averaging 2.83 sacks per game. Anderson is 18th nationally and first among freshman in sacks this season. Nick Saban and his defensive staff have done an exceptional job this season with a really young defense. Ohio State will be challenged on offense.