Some of Alabama’s most memorable off-field moments this season came when outside linebacker Will Anderson challenged his teammates after a narrow win over Florida and then again after a loss to Texas A&M.
Anderson took issue with the team’s direction at the time and provided an update on Tuesday on how he perceives the current state of the group.
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“I have the impression that since the season continues, we start to change our mindset,” he said. “Like, we’re a championship team – we’ve got to go out there and do championship things and all come together and all be on the same page. Everyone’s mindset and mentality has been the same.
“I think we’ve come to a common goal, like, OK, we want to be a champion team. You have to do what the champions do.
He might just be a sophomore, but when Anderson speaks, his teammates have reason to listen. The national sack leader has been a team captain seven times this season, including each of the last five games. Anderson’s field game has its name in the Heisman Trophy conversation as well as in the mix for several national awards.
Speaking, Anderson’s goal was to put players on the same page so they can have more fun on the pitch.
“I think that mindset has started to dominate everyone and everyone is starting to have fun,” he said. “We encourage each other and everyone is on the same page. Someone’s playing a big game and we’re all over there, snuggling up, stuff like that.
Alabama host Arkansas in their final at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on twitter @mikerodak.