Alabama linebacker Will Anderson is one of the best defensive players in the country, but last week after the loss to Texas A&M, the sophomore had to do something he really hadn’t had to do since high school and that’s to be the vocal leader for this Alabama defense.

Anderson took a leadership role for this team when he called out his teammates after the loss for not taking this game seriously.

On “McElory and Cubelic in the Morning” on WJOX radio out of Birmingham, Anderson talks about how his role has changed recently from silent leader to vocal leader.

“I felt like leadership was always in me, I was a leader in high school as well, now in college, it snuck up on me a little faster, I’ve always been one to do my own thing, my own mind, and my own mentality,” Anderson said. “Now it’s about being more vocal. that’s a trait I have that’s been with me for a while.”

Apparently, he was heard by teammates because Alabama held Mississippi State’s offense in check as the Tide defeated the Bulldogs, 49-9.