Alabama OLB Anderson honored with Lott Trophy

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Alabama's Will Anderson, a junior outside linebacker who helped the Crimson Tide to a 10-2 record this season, won the Lott IMPACT Trophy in California on Sunday night as the college defensive player having the biggest influence on his team.

Alabama junior linebacker Will Anderson wins Lott Trophy 11:49 PM ET ESPN News Services NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Will Anderson Jr. of Alabama won the Lott IMPACT Trophy on Sunday night as the college defensive player having the biggest influence on his team. The junior outside linebacker earned the honor a day after graduating. It's the fourth trophy Anderson picked up in a week. His haul includes the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik awards. Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott presented Anderson with the award at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. It goes to a player with strong academic work, community involvement and team leadership. Editor's Picks Rankings for the 2023 NFL draft: Top prospects at every position from Kiper, McShay, Miller, Reid 20h Mel Kiper Jr., +3 More 2 Related Anderson ranks second on Alabama's career sacks list with 34.5. He led the SEC in that category with 10 this season. He has yet to announce whether he will play for No. 5 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl against 11th-ranked Kansas State on Dec. 31 or enter next year's NFL draft. In ESPN's latest NFL draft position rankings, Anderson ranks No. 1 overall, and his Alabama teammate, quarterback Bryce Young , sits at No. 3. Anderson is the second Alabama player to win the Lott Trophy, joining DeMeco Ryans in 2005. Alabama will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund. Anderson beat out Felix Anudike-Uzomah of Kansas State, Tommy Eichenberg of Ohio State and Tuli Tuipulotu of Southern California . Each of those schools will receive $5,000 for their scholarship fund. A national panel of more than 300 former college coaches, players and media members voted on the award. The Associated Press contributed to this report.