The Football Writers Association of America has announced its 90 candidates selected to the 2021 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Alabama Crimson Tide places six players on the list for the best defensive player in the nation.

Sophomore linebacker Will Anderson, sophomore defensive back Malachi Moore, junior defensive lineman DJ Dale, junior linebacker Christian Harris, senior defensive back Josh Jobe and senior defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis make up the Crimson Tide candidates.

Alabama has only had one player win the award since its inception in 1993, Jonathan Allen earned the honor in 2016 for his double digit sack and multiple defensive touchdown effort.

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Anderson Jr. applied 60 pressures last season to lead the nation and finished third in the SEC in sacks with seven. Last season Anderson's dominance earned him Shaun Alexander-FWAA Freshman of the Year.

Moore played in 11 games as a freshman earning Freshman All-American. Moore led the Tide in forcing turnovers last season with three interceptions and a forced fumble. He added 44 tackles and six pass breakups to his freshman year.

Dale has started 22 games for the Crimson Tide in the last two seasons, he has accumulated 39 tackles with four for a loss with two pass defended and two forced fumbles and a sack in his two years with the Tide.

Harris is expected to take on a leadership role as a junior after finishing second on the Tide in tackles in 2020 with 79. Harris was a a Freshman All-American and named to the Freshman All-SEC Team in 2019.

Jobe has already been honored on the Jim Thorpe Watch List and the Bednarick Award Watch List.  Last season he only allowed 26 receptions for 209 yards and one touchdown in 521 coverage snaps. He is expected to assume the top corner role on the Crimson Tide in 2021.

Mathis will lead the Tide defensive front this season, he has played in 40 games for Alabama accumulating 76 tackles and 1.5 sacks with three pass defenses, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

The award is named in honor of college and NFL Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski.

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