Ryan Anderson- OLB Alabama

6-2.1, 249, (PD) 4.74, S-1.7, 

28.5" Vert, 

31 1/2" Arms,

Day Two Rusher: Part VIII. 

By TOM

Anderson did not have a very good offseason. He was the 3rd edge rusher for Alabama. When he got his hands on the OLT's arms, he knocked them down and dipped past him in a flash. They will line him up inside next to Tim Williams, and have them stunt. He can use that extra space to make the ORT miss on the edge. Nice job reading the screen and getting out to the flat to disrupt it. He led Alabama in TFL (19), which is a very impressive feat on that team.

His cousin, Wallace Gilberry, played DL for the Bengals. "That’s definitely a benefit for me," Anderson said. "A lot of guys don’t have that. He kind of helped me out and make sure I don’t make some of the mistakes he made; so I don’t have to go through some of the stuff he went through. That’s definitely a bonus." He has been mentoring his young cousin.

Anderson grew up in Alabama. "I grew up watching this game," Anderson said. "It was an obligation to me to come out here and give back to these people, this city and all my fans and family at home." So the senior Bowl was another home coming for him.

Now he hopes to get drafted by Cincy. "You never know. It would be dope if it did," Gilberry said. "To be honest with you, that’s what I’ve been trying to do since they started playing ball. I always wanted to be here when they got here. And it may happen. It may happen." It would be interesting to see them play together. 

Ryan certainly thinks so. "That’s going to be surreal man, going out there lining up either on the same team with him or seeing him run out of the tunnel on the opposite before the game," Anderson said. "That’s going to be a great feeling. I remember when he was playing in this game, the next Sunday he was picking me up to come up there and spend a weekend with the other side of my family. He’s a guy I’ve always looked up to, a role model to me and it would just mean a lot to me." But does Marvin?

2016 (Senior): An outside linebacker came into his own as a junior in 2015 and was a senior leader on the Alabama defense in 2016 ... a pass-rushing threat and disruptive force for the Crimson Tide ... earned first team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press ... tabbed to the Butkus and Lombardi Award Watch Lists and was a semifinalist for the Butkus ... finished with 61 total tackles, including a team-high 19.0 tackles for loss (-100 yards) ... registered 9.0 sacks (-68 yards) to rank tied for second on the team while adding 10 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three pass breakups ... selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against LSU ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week following his games at Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU and the Mississippi State and Washington games

He can set the edge and make the tackle on the RB. "He’s like a 5th to a free agent projection," his cousin Gilberry said. "But he’s going to stick around. He got that dog in him." He is a pure speed rusher on the edge.

Great speed going sideways up the field, and then he can stop, push off the ORT, and go under him to the QB. He will drop into coverage on the slot WR sometimes, and he can be very impressive in coverage. Better against the run this season. He is not as easy to run at as he was last year. Very smart. He can read the screen and run the route for the RB. He is such a great speed rusher that you'd think he'd be easily fooled by the Screen. 

He has a terrific second step in the rush. He has some speed to power, and strong hands. "Size is more suited for 4-3 SAM, but he could play some rush outside backer in a 3-4," a scout said. "He would fit Baltimore and Pittsburgh as a 3-4 SAM, too." The more I watch him the more I like him. But because he missed most of the off season, he is likely to drop into Day Three, and be a steal for someone. He is 5th year Senior. 

2016 Game by Game: USC: Registered four tackles, with one for loss (-5 yards) ... helped limit the Trojan offense to only 194 yards and no offensive touchdowns. Western Kentucky: Was dominant on the outside, notching a team-leading 1.5 tackles for loss (-8 yards) ... added half a sack (-7 yards) as part of his three tackles on the day ... also added one quarterback hurry ... helped limit the Hilltoppers to 239 yards of offense, including 23 on the ground. Ole Miss: Collected three tackles, including one sack (-8 yards) that resulted in a fumble ... Da’Ron Payne returned the Rebel fumble from three yards out to even the score at 24-24 after the Tide trailed by 21 at one point in the first half. Kent State: Finished his half of play with two tackles, including two half sacks ... helped limit the Golden Flashes to only 166 yards of total offense. Kentucky: Registered 1.5 tackles for loss (-6 yards) as part of his three stops ... notched one quarterback hurry ... added half a sack (-5 yards) that forced a key turnover with his forced fumble and recovery of the Wildcat quarterback in the first quarter ... the turnover led to the Tide’s first points of the game, a field goal from Adam Griffith ... part of the Tide’s pressure that helped limit the Wildcat passing attack to only 89 yards through the air. Arkansas: Tied for the team lead in tackles, notching nine stops ... added a team-high two tackles for loss (-15 yards) and one sack (-9 yards) ... pressured the quarterback once to help the Alabama defense register a season-high 12 quarterback hurries. Tennessee: Spent the afternoon in the Volunteer backfield, finishing with one tackle for loss (-1 yard) as part of his two total stops while adding a quarterback hurry ... registered his first career pass breakup in coverage ... played a key role in limiting the Vols’ high-powered offense to 163 total yards. Texas A&M: Registered a career-best three tackles for loss against the Aggies for a loss of 12 yards ... forced a fumble that Jonathan Allen returned for a score ... finished with four solo tackles and one quarterback hurry while helping limit Texas A&M to just 278 total yards and 114 yards on the ground. LSU: Made six tackles while recording two half sacks to earn SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors ... batted down one pass and recorded one quarterback hurry ... helped limit Tigers’ running back Leonard Fournette to just 35 yards on 17 carries and the LSU offense as a whole to just 33 yards rushing and 125 total yards, including just 25 total yards in the second half. Mississippi State: Earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week accolades ... made four total tackles with two tackles for loss (-12 yards) with one sack (-10 yards) ... helped harass the Bulldogs’ quarterback into a 61.15 quarterback rating while limiting MSU to just 94 yards rushing. Chattanooga: Recorded two total tackles and helped the Crimson Tide hold the Mocs to 184 total yards, including just 70 yards rushing. Auburn: Accounted for the only sack of the game and finished with two tackles for loss ... had six tackles and a quarterback hurry ... helped limit the high-powered Auburn offense to 182 total yards ... Alabama also held the Tigers -- who entered the game leading the SEC in rushing -- to just 66 yards rushing or 232 yards less than its season average. Florida: Made three stops while adding a quarterback pressure and a pass breakup against the Gators ... provided a threat off the edge for the Tide defensive unit that forced three interceptions and limited the UF rushing attack to 0 total yards. Washington: Shifted momentum in a huge way, picking off a Jake Browning pass and returning it 26 yards for a touchdown just before half to give the Tide a 10-point lead at intermission ... was his first career pick and one of two for Alabama on the night ... added three tackles to his stat line for the night ... helped limit the high-powered UW offense to only 194 total yards made up of just 44 yards rushing and 150 through the air resulting in only seven points ... his standout play earned him defensive player of the week recognition from the UA coaches. Clemson: Finished with seven total tackles, including five solo stops and two tackles for loss (-11 yards) ... added his ninth sack of the season (-7 yards) ... also recovered two fumbles that were returned for 14 yards and force another fumble, his fourth forced of the season.

A&M: He will drop out of the rush sometimes to spy the QB. He is getting better against the run. He can lined up at OLB, read the sweep, and burst up field and take out the RB. He is really setting the edge well this season. When he goes all out up field, he has a burst that can make the ORT completely whiff, and slash into the RB as the QB is giving him the ball and pound the ball out of his hands. Great quick hands that he uses to shed on the edge.

Miss: It is amazing how fast he gets past the ORT sometimes. He can get up in the QB's fast so fast that he can help cause the INT on a Screen pass. Terrific pursuer. He can put speed to power and push the OLT up and get him moving backwards. Great instincts. Great hands when moving upfield and hand fighting on the edge. Saban called him a great "Leader". Cited his super competitiveness. Much better at the point than you would think for his height.  

Combine: By the end of the season he was a better rusher than Williams. He is so relentless to the QB. His 31.5" arms was not a good number for him. He liked to put speed to power, and that is harder in the NFL with 31" arms. He improved his number on his second forty. Nice feet moving laterally. Quick feet moving backwards. Which is important, because he probably is going to have to be an off the ball linebacker. He had some quick feet moving laterally over the bags. He can sink his hips. Nice job moving in space. He can catch the ball. He can twist his hips in coverage. 

Clemson: He had the biggest play in the 1st half of the Champ game. Picking up the Watson fumble and advancing it to the Clemson 35. Elite quickness, underrated power. He was great in the rush against Clemson. He hit Watson three or four times in the 1st half alone. I love how he takes off to test the corner on one rush. Then has the smarts and strength to put speed to power on the next play and try to bull inside. Then he has the agility to spin outside and just get a hand in the QB's face as he throws. He is a bit of a short rusher, but he is not small.

He also had the play of the 2nd half. He ripped the ball out of Gallman's hands, scooped it and almost scored. Those two fumble recoveries really set the tone for both halves. Great quickness changing direction when the QB takes off. He is so fast upfield. When he slaps down the outside hand, he can turn sideways and hit the QB from behind. He is better playing OLB standing up then he is DE with his hand down. He was harassing Watson all game. 

Anderson VS Washington:

Shorter but not small speed rusher, who knows how to use leverage to hold up against the run. He had the play of the Game against Wash. He got a pick six swinging out to the flat. He faked the rush, saw the RB sneaking out, and burst outside and leaped up over the RB and snagged the ball out of the air. He showed some very interesting ball skills. I though of him as a rusher only, but if he can drop and make plays on the ball in the air like that, consistently, then that adds a whole new value to his game. 

Terrific putting speed to power into the ORT tossing him back and bursting inside to the QB. He is so fast off the snap and when he can grab the ORT's hands, and has the quickness to turn into the QB in a flash. 

Anderson Vs Washington:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFyRzEO94L8

Anderson VS USC:

You get a good look at his athleticism here chasing the RB down for about 30-yards (:01). Watch the flashing hands in the quick little swim (:11). He lined up standing up and with his hand down (:21). Watch him set the edge with his hands. He is a shorter guy, but he is not small. Watch him pull the blocker almost off his feet as he pulled himself to the play. 

Watch the hands and feet working together as he moved laterally outside, until he was bamboozled by the giant Banner (:29). He played on both sides of the line. This is what he does. Watch the great blast off that propelled him past the OLT, then a quick shove, and straight at the QB (:43). I just love how quickly he shed bigger blockers out on the edge (1:20). He can zip right up the middle like Jamie Collins (1:29). That is just an incredible blitz up the gut.

Watch the hands slapping as he moved laterally around the edge, as he turned and faced the QB (1:40). This might be his best sack of the season. He burst off the snap and got the ORT off balance. Then he just grabbed his arm and threw him aside. He had a knack for turning as he burst upfield. Then it is a straight line to the QB (1:11). Watch how low he exploded off that snap (2:07). He met Banner at the Corner, already having turned and started to Rip. Watch the great leverage, strength, and agility as he used the giant ORT's momentum against him, and shoved him aside. Then the quickness to pounce on the QB like a panther. 

He got taken out by the double team (2:20). He slid past one blocker. Stacked and shed a second blocker, and made the tackle at the point (2:28). He read the screen faster than anyone else, and grabbed the RB to end the play (2:42). Standing up outside on the Blindside. He saw the WR coming, and got a little bit too over aggressive (2:53). He dropped back into Zone to cover Foster's back as he blitzed (3:03). He stunted outside and tried to jam the ORG into Banner, and free up the DE inside (3:14). He exploded off the snap to get Banner's outside shoulder (3:24). But he just couldn't turn the corner before the QB threw to the RB sneaking out of the backfield.

He went up field and read option. Then he read the option and tackled the speedy scatback (3:36). He blasted off past Banner, but couldn't turn the corner (3:59). You can see the suddenness off his initial burst here (4:14). He beat Banner to the corner as Banner grabbed his facemask (4:23). He had the angle, but the QB stepped up nicely. Watch the agility as Anderson spun back with the behemoth on his back. But he still had enough strength to burst forward, and take the QB to the ground. Every hit counts baby!

He got up field unblocked, and didn't let the play action fool him. However, the QB was still able to throw easily over his head. Then he hustled back and got in on the tackle (4:35). Nice stunt inside (4:46). He tried to Rip the corner, but Banner got him. However, the QB had to step up and didn't complete the pass (4:58). Nice move inside, that help force the QB outside (5:10).  Sometimes that's just how it goes.

He got absolutely hammered by the ORG (5:22). Great blast off. Quick read of the option, and then went and hit the quarterback. It doesn't get any better than that (5:35). He got stuck on the other side of the line on the run away (5:47). He was spying something (5:59). Watch the blast off, and then the great spin back after the QB (6:08). Not a bad game at all.

Anderson Vs USC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y83E2XSHzlE

Anderson Bio:

2016 (Senior): An outside linebacker came into his own as a junior in 2015 and was a senior leader on the Alabama defense in 2016 ... a pass-rushing threat and disruptive force for the Crimson Tide ... earned first team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press ... tabbed to the Butkus and Lombardi Award Watch Lists and was a semifinalist for the Butkus ... finished with 61 total tackles, including a team-high 19.0 tackles for loss (-100 yards) ... registered 9.0 sacks (-68 yards) to rank tied for second on the team while adding 10 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three pass breakups ... selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against LSU ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week following his games at Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU and the Mississippi State and Washington games. USC: Registered four tackles, with one for loss (-5 yards) ... helped limit the Trojan offense to only 194 yards and no offensive touchdowns. Western Kentucky: Was dominant on the outside, notching a team-leading 1.5 tackles for loss (-8 yards) ... added half a sack (-7 yards) as part of his three tackles on the day ... also added one quarterback hurry ... helped limit the Hilltoppers to 239 yards of offense, including 23 on the ground. Ole Miss: Collected three tackles, including one sack (-8 yards) that resulted in a fumble ... Da’Ron Payne returned the Rebel fumble from three yards out to even the score at 24-24 after the Tide trailed by 21 at one point in the first half. Kent State: Finished his half of play with two tackles, including two half sacks ... helped limit the Golden Flashes to only 166 yards of total offense. Kentucky: Registered 1.5 tackles for loss (-6 yards) as part of his three stops ... notched one quarterback hurry ... added half a sack (-5 yards) that forced a key turnover with his forced fumble and recovery of the Wildcat quarterback in the first quarter ... the turnover led to the Tide’s first points of the game, a field goal from Adam Griffith ... part of the Tide’s pressure that helped limit the Wildcat passing attack to only 89 yards through the air. Arkansas: Tied for the team lead in tackles, notching nine stops ... added a team-high two tackles for loss (-15 yards) and one sack (-9 yards) ... pressured the quarterback once to help the Alabama defense register a season-high 12 quarterback hurries. Tennessee: Spent the afternoon in the Volunteer backfield, finishing with one tackle for loss (-1 yard) as part of his two total stops while adding a quarterback hurry ... registered his first career pass breakup in coverage ... played a key role in limiting the Vols’ high-powered offense to 163 total yards. Texas A&M: Registered a career-best three tackles for loss against the Aggies for a loss of 12 yards ... forced a fumble that Jonathan Allen returned for a score ... finished with four solo tackles and one quarterback hurry while helping limit Texas A&M to just 278 total yards and 114 yards on the ground. LSU: Made six tackles while recording two half sacks to earn SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors ... batted down one pass and recorded one quarterback hurry ... helped limit Tigers’ running back Leonard Fournette to just 35 yards on 17 carries and the LSU offense as a whole to just 33 yards rushing and 125 total yards, including just 25 total yards in the second half. Mississippi State: Earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week accolades ... made four total tackles with two tackles for loss (-12 yards) with one sack (-10 yards) ... helped harass the Bulldogs’ quarterback into a 61.15 quarterback rating while limiting MSU to just 94 yards rushing. Chattanooga: Recorded two total tackles and helped the Crimson Tide hold the Mocs to 184 total yards, including just 70 yards rushing. Auburn: Accounted for the only sack of the game and finished with two tackles for loss ... had six tackles and a quarterback hurry ... helped limit the high-powered Auburn offense to 182 total yards ... Alabama also held the Tigers -- who entered the game leading the SEC in rushing -- to just 66 yards rushing or 232 yards less than its season average. Florida: Made three stops while adding a quarterback pressure and a pass breakup against the Gators ... provided a threat off the edge for the Tide defensive unit that forced three interceptions and limited the UF rushing attack to 0 total yards. Washington: Shifted momentum in a huge way, picking off a Jake Browning pass and returning it 26 yards for a touchdown just before half to give the Tide a 10-point lead at intermission ... was his first career pick and one of two for Alabama on the night ... added three tackles to his stat line for the night ... helped limit the high-powered UW offense to only 194 total yards made up of just 44 yards rushing and 150 through the air resulting in only seven points ... his standout play earned him defensive player of the week recognition from the UA coaches. Clemson: Finished with seven total tackles, including five solo stops and two tackles for loss (-11 yards) ... added his ninth sack of the season (-7 yards) ... also recovered two fumbles that were returned for 14 yards and force another fumble, his fourth forced of the season. 

2015 (Junior): A pass-rush threat for the Crimson Tide off the edge ... notched 37 total tackles, including 11.5 for a loss (-50 yards), six sacks (-41 yards), two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and nine quarterback hurries for the year ... came on strong late in the season, recording his 9.5 tackles for loss in his last 10 games, including a career-high two TFL performance at then-No. 20 Mississippi State, vs. Florida and Michigan State ... named one of the defensive players of the week by the UA coaching staff for his efforts against Tennessee and Mississippi State. Wisconsin: Came off the bench to record 1.5 total tackles on the night ... helped limit the Badger offense to just 268 yards of total offense and 17 points. Middle Tennessee: Entered in a reserve role to record one tackle along with a quarterback hurry as the Tide allowed 275 yards of total offense. Ole Miss: Saw action as a reserve in the defensive front, but did not record any stats against the Rebels. ULM: Was a disruptive force on the line, notching two tackles while pressuring the quarterback twice ... helped limit the Warhawk offense to only 92 yards, including a lowly nine yards on the ground. Georgia: Came off the bench to record three tackles ... helped limit a Bulldog offense that was averaging 45.5 points per game to just 10 by day’s end. Arkansas: Recorded three tackles, including half a tackle for a loss (-1 yard) against the Hogs ... helped limit the Hogs to only 220 yards, more than 250 yards below their season average entering the night. Texas A&M: Finished with three tackles, including one of the Tide’s six sacks (-5 yards) ... helped limit the Aggie rushing attack to just 32 yards on the ground. Tennessee: Was a force on defense, notching a quarterback hurry to go with three total tackles, including the game-winning sack (-10 yards) and forced fumble ... his sack and forced fumble on the Vols’ final drive of the game got the ball back for Alabama and helped the Tide extend its streak to nine straight victories over UT. LSU: Notched two tackles, including half a stop for a loss of one yard ... helped limit the LSU offense to 182 yards of total offense, nearly 250 yards below the Tigers average entering the game. Mississippi State: Had a huge day in Starkville, setting a season high for tackles with five, including a career-high two sacks (-14 yards) ... also forced a fumble and added a quarterback hurry ... notched two of the defense’s season-high nine sacks. Charleston Southern: Recorded one tackle for a loss (-1 yard) in limited playing time against the Buccaneers. Auburn: Made his presence known along the Crimson Tide defensive front, notching four tackles, including one for a loss (-2 yards) ... added two quarterback hurries ... helped limit the Tigers to only 260 yards of total offense. Florida: Logged four tackles for the second consecutive game, including two for a loss (-9) yards ... also recorded one sack (-8 yards) and a career-high three quarterback hurries in arguably his best game of the season ... helped disrupt a Gator passing attack that completed only 37.5 percent of its passes. Michigan State: Stayed hot, notching four tackles, including 2.0 for a loss (-7 yards) and one sack (-4 yards) ... spent time in the Spartan backfield, helping to limit MSU to 239 yards of total offense, 158 yards below their season average. Clemson: Put pressure on Tiger quarterback Deshaun Watson, but did not record any official stats.

2014 (Sophomore): Played in all 14 games and recorded 25 tackles, including three sacks (-28 yards), 8.0 tackles for loss (-37 yards), a fumble recovery and nine quarterback hurries ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the coaching staff following the Arkansas and Texas A&M victories. FAU: Came off the bench to record two tackles, including his second career sack. Southern Miss: Recorded a sack for an eight-yard loss in the win over the Golden Eagles. Florida: Made two tackles, including one solo stop as the Tide limited the Gators to only 200 total yards. Ole Miss: Came off the bench to tally a single quarterback hurry. Arkansas: Earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the coaching staff after making three tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss (-6 yards) and one sack (-5 yards) ... recovered a fumble and returned it three yards. Texas A&M: Made six tackles and earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaches after posting the highest production point totals against the Aggies ... helped limit the SEC’s top-ranked offense to 172 yards, including just 31 yards rushing. Tennessee: Notched four total tackles in Knoxville with one solo stop ... added one tackle for loss (-3 yards). LSU: Made two assisted tackles in the Crimson Tide’s overtime victory in Baton Rouge. Mississippi State: Recorded two assisted tackles with half of a tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... harassed the Bulldogs’ quarterback with two hurries. Western Carolina: Had one quarterback hurry against the Catamounts. Auburn: Finished with one tackle for loss (-2 yards). Missouri: Had a career-best three quarterback hurries and assisted on one tackle. Ohio State: Registered one tackle for loss (-1 yard). 

2013 (Redshirt Freshman): A reserve outside linebacker who played in all 13 games with 1.5 sacks (-4 yards), five tackles and one quarterback hurry ... also started on the kickoff return team. Virginia Tech: Recorded one solo and one assisted tackle, which produced a two-yard sack. Arkansas: Assisted on two tackles and had one quarterback hurry. Chattanooga: Registered the first solo sack of his career, dropping the Mocs’ quarterback for a loss of two yards.

2012 (Freshman): Redshirted during his first season at The University of Alabama.

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