Will Anderson: Bijan Robinson ‘hardest opponent I confronted in school’

Asking gamers to call the hardest opponent they ever confronted is a typical apply, particularly for many who put collectively illustrious careers in school soccer’s highest stage, like Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson. But when Anderson, a high prospect within the 2023 NFL Draft, was requested that query on the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, he gave an unusual response.

“Bijan Robinson, the running back from Texas,” Anderson stated shortly. “He was a big back … He was going to break a few tackles, we had to tackle him the right way. He was probably the toughest opponent I faced in college.”

Anderson and Robinson confronted one another solely as soon as, in a nonconference matchup between Alabama and future SEC rival Texas in Week 2 of the 2022 school soccer season. The Crimson Tide prevailed over the house underdog Longhorns in a 20-19 thriller, with Texas retaining the sport shut because of a move rush that routinely obtained strain on Alabama star quarterback Bryce Young.

Robinson acquired a whopping 21 carries within the sport however mustered simply 57 yards. That was due largely to Alabama with the ability to key in on the star operating again after Texas beginning quarterback Quinn Ewers left the sport early attributable to an damage.

He and the Longhorns nonetheless gave Anderson a handful, nonetheless. Even although Anderson completed with 5 complete tackles and two tackles for a loss within the sport, he additionally had 4 missed tackles and was penalized 4 occasions in what was his lowest-graded efficiency of the season per Pro Football Focus’s metrics.

Anderson and Young are thought-about high prospects within the 2023 NFL Draft.

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