Stuart McNair

Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams must be replaced by Alabama at outside linebacker positions

Tenth in a series looking at Alabama positions prior to spring practice

Alabama had two of the finest outside linebackers imaginable on one team last year with Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson. It;’s no surprise that both are now among those invited to the NFL Combine. The two had every start at Alabama’s Jack and Sam (strongside) positions last year.
That doesn’t mean the cupboard is empty. A number of players with experience and potential will be in the outside linebacker competition.
This is part of a series looking at all Alabama positions prior to the start of spring drills.
Our list of candidates for the two outside linebacker positions could be adjusted during spring practice (or later) as Coach Nick Saban’s teams have moved men from outside to inside and vice versa over the years. Our next preview will be on those we believe to be the inside linebacker competition.
The outside linebackers are relatively young — two juniors, five sophomores, and a redshirt freshman.
Most experienced is Anfernee Jennings (6-3, 264, soph). He played in every game last year and was in on 19 tackles (two for 13 yards in losses) and had three quarterback pressures. He played a key role in the Tide’s championship season with Bama adjusting its rotation after the season-ending injury to middle linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton.
Anfernee’s brother, Shawn, is a 6-2, 200-pound redshirt freshman who also is an outside linebacker.
Christian Miller (6-4, 230, junior) earned his spurs in 2015 as a regular member of kicking game coverage units, and saw time both on special teams and on defense last year. Miller, who played in every game, was in on 16 tackles last year, including two sacks, and had four quarterback pressures.
Another in the group of outstanding linebackers in last year’s signing class who will be on the outside is 6-5, 247-pound Terrell Hall, who played in 13 games, including the last 11. Most of his 11 tackles were made as an outstanding member of the kick coverage teams, but he had one sack as a true freshman.
Three third year sophomores are in the group. They are 6-1, 215-pound Keaton Anderson, 6-5, 246-pound Mekhi Brown,  and 6-3, 237-pound Joshua McMillon.
All were used primarily on special teams. Anderson had four tackles and recovered a fumbled punt last year.
Also in the mix is 6-5, 228-pound junior Jamey Mosley, who went from walk-on status to scholarshipped player prior to the start of last season. He is the brother of former Tide star linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Bama’s outside linebackers work under one of the team’s most energetic and effective coaches in Tosh Lupoi.
Although a starting date for Alabama spring practice has not yet been announced, it is expected to begin after the completion of The University’s spring break, which is March 11-19. The A-Day Game will be April 22.


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