Another Alabama defender to pass on draft, this time Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson is returning in hopes of landing a larger role on Alabama's defense in 2016.
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Alabama redshirt junior linebacker Ryan Anderson announced he would return for his senior season Thursday. Anderson is expected to start at linebacker next season in the absence of linebackers Denzel Devall and Dillon Lee on 2016’s roster.

While Derrick Henry appears poised to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft, safety Eddie Jackson announced he too plans to return to help the Crimson Tide defend its national title in 2016.

Anderson did not start in 2015 but did play in 13 games, recorded 37 tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss, six sacks and forced two fumbles. The junior did the majority of this damage during the second half of the season and played a key role in the defense’s dominant finish on the rule to the national title.

During the Tennessee game, Anderson made the play of the game, as he strip-sacked Joshua Dobbs to seal the 19-14 victory over the Volunteers. 

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