Will Anderson, Evan Neal lead Alabama football players on AP 2021 Preseason All-America team

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football landed five players on the AP 2021 Preseason All-America teams. 

Offensive tackle Evan Neal and linebacker Will Anderson are on the first team. Guard Emil Ekiyor Jr., receiver John Metchie III and linebacker Christian Harris made the second team. 

Texas A&M had the second-most players included of any SEC school with four. Georgia had three and LSU had 

Neal, a junior, is set to start the season at left tackle after playing his sophomore season at right tackle and freshman year at left guard. 

Anderson will look to build on an impressive freshman season in which he tallied seven sacks. He and Chris Allen will serve as edge defenders in a veteran Alabama defense. 

Ekiyor is also a returning starter on an offensive line that has experienced significant change with its starting center, left tackle and left guard heading to the NFL. 

Metchie is in a similar spot at the receiver position where he is expected to lead after both Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith heard their names called in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. 

Harris returns for his third year as a starter at the middle linebacker spot. He is expected to stay at Will linebacker with the addition of Henry To'o To'o to fill the void left at the Mike spot after Dylan Moses went to the NFL. 

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