Expect Drew Sanders’ versatility to be impactful

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After two members of Arkansas’ linebacker room exited due to graduation in 2021, it was became urgent that head coach Sam Pittman needed an immediate impact player to compliment Bumper Pool.

Pittman got that in Alabama transfer, Drew Sanders.

Sanders and Pool are set to become one of the toughest defensive duos in the SEC and will mesh well with a secondary unit that returns all of its’ parts.

When breaking down the offseason transfer portal moves from around the country, On3 recently listed their top 10 EDGE transfers and has ranked Sanders No. 3.

While Sanders is listed as an outside linebacker, he could float around the defense says On3:

Drew Sanders was an outside linebacker at Alabama, but expect him to line up at different spots for the Hogs. He had a good spring in coordinator Barry Odom’s defense, and has the ability to play both inside linebacker and edge rusher. Arkansas had 25 sacks last season, but only 13 in its eight SEC games. Revving up that aspect of the defense is a must, and that’s why Sanders’ arrival from the transfer portal is so important. Sanders (6-5, 232) has good size, is a solid athlete and holds up nicely against the run.

Sanders transfers to Arkansas after recording 33 total tackles in two seasons at Alabama. The Denton, Texas native was rated as a five-star prospect in high school, and was ranked as the No. 3 recruit in the state of Texas for the 2019 cycle.

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