Alabama linebacker Will Anderson continued his award success Monday as he was named a first-team Associated Press All-American, his third time to be named an All-American this season. Anderson was one of five Alabama players named to the AP All-American team on Monday. Alabama defensive back Brian Branch was named to the second team, while all-purpose running back Jahmyr Gibbs and defensive backs Kool-Aid McKinstry and Jordan Battle were placed on the third team.
The Associated Press is one of five organizations that determine consensus All-Americans. The other four groups are the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, Football Writers Association of America, and the American Football Coaches Association. A player must be selected to the first team of three of the organizations to receive consensus status, and if a player is selected to the first team of all five, he will become a unanimous All-American.
Anderson has already been named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Now with his first team selection by the Associated Press, he has achieved his consensus All-American status.
Anderson will await The Sporting News to reveal its team on Tuesday, and then finally, the American Football Coaches Association will unveil the fifth and final official team to see if he will go five out of five for unanimous All-American status.
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