Latest Will Anderson Heisman Odds: Alabama Linebacker Defensive Favorite for Heisman Trophy

Latest Will Anderson Heisman Odds: Alabama Linebacker Defensive Favorite for Heisman Trophy
By Mike Ferguson
Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Will Anderson’s odds are +2200 to win the Heisman Trophy. Anderson currently has the best Heisman odds among all defensive players. The Alabama defender is considered to be one of the top defensive players in the country, and he proved as much by delivering a rock-solid outing in the Crimson Tide's season opener and his first of many sacks of the season in Week 2 against the Texas Longhorns. 

Will Anderson Odds to Win Heisman Trophy

A behemoth at 6-4 and 245 pounds, Will Anderson Jr. has virtually no weakness in his game. At +2200, Anderson currently has the fifth-best odds in the country to take home the hardware. But he was available at +1600 heading into the season, so his numbers have dipped a bit after the first two games of the season. 

That's not to say he played poorly, as Anderson put up solid stats during Alabama's 55-0 win over the Utah State Aggies. He racked up 5 tackles, and 1 hurry, and delivered a bone-crunching hit on his lone tackle for loss of the afternoon. Anderson was involved in another 5 tackles and added his first sack of the season in Week 2.

CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State+260
Caleb Williams, QB, USC+320
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama+340
Stetson Bennett, QB, Georgia+1400
⭐️ Will Anderson, LB, Alabama+2200
Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma+2500
Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama+3500
Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida+3500
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas+3500
Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee+4000
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State+4000
Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami (Fl.)+4000
DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson+4000
JJ McCarthy, QB, Michigan+4000
KJ Jefferson, QB, Arkansas+5000
Sam Hartman, QB, Wake Forrest+5000
Will Rogers, QB, Mississippi State+5000
Jordan Addison, WR, USC+5000
Will Levis, QB, Kentucky+6000
Cade Klubnik, QB, Clemson+6000

EDITOR'S NOTE: Alabama sports betting is currently prohibited so there are no sports betting apps in Alabama legally offering odds on the Heisman Trophy. Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, which is available in other states, were used for this article.

Entering his third season at Alabama, Anderson is seen by most as the nation’s top EDGE player. Anderson’s 17.5 sacks last season not only led the nation, but it was the most for any Power 5 player since Washington’s Hau’oli Kikaha tallied 19 sacks in 2014. 

When it comes to the Heisman Trophy, Anderson finished fifth in the voting last season. For defensive players, it is extremely difficult to win the honor. Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, in 1997, is the only primarily defensive player to ever win the honor. 

Last season, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson finished second for the award. Anderson became the first linebacker to finish in the top five since 2012 when Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o was runner-up to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Will Anderson 2023 NFL Draft First Overall Odds

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Will Anderson has +330 odds to be selected first overall in the 2023 NFL Draft.

CJ Stroud, Quarterback+200
Bryce Young, Quarterback+225
⭐️ Will Anderson, Linebacker+330
Paris Johnson, O-Lineman+1000
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver+1500
Phil Jurkovec, Quarterback+1500
Will Levis, Quarterback+1500
Tyler Van Dyke, Quarterback+1800
Spencer Rattler, Quarterback+2000
Anthony Richardson, Quarterback+2500

Behind only a pair of quarterbacks in CJ Stroud and Bryce Young, Will Anderson has the best odds to be selected first overall of any defensive player. Barring a major injury, it’s hard to see Anderson falling outside of the top 10 candidates.
 

Things to Know About Will Anderson

Best known for his ability to get after the passer, Will Anderson can also play the run. Anderson has a high motor and is a relentless defender.

📸 Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws a pass against Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31) during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama won 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sport

 

Will Anderson finished fifth in the voting last season. For defensive players, it is extremely difficult to win the honor. Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, in 1997, is the only primarily defensive player to ever win the Heisman.

Here are some other things you should know about the Alabama Linebacker and possible 2022 Heisman Trophy winner.

Will Anderson Alabama Stats

After a solid 2020 season in which Will Anderson finished with 52 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and seven sacks, he led the nation in 2021 with 17.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss. He also totaled 102 tackles and recorded three passes defended. 

Where Did Will Anderson Go to High School?

Will Anderson attended Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Ga.  For the class of 2020, he was listed as the No. 17 overall player, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and the top weakside defensive end.

Who Are Will Anderson’s Parents?

Will Anderson Jr.'s parents are Will Anderson Sr. and Tereon Anderson. Anderson's parents saw his potential as an athlete at a very young age. They enrolled him in various sports camps which led to his love for football. 

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