Alabama defender Bryce Young was the Associated Press college football player of the year, for the Crimson Tide Its second consecutive winner.
Young received 42 of 53 first-place votes from AP Top 25 voters and 137 points to an easy finish ahead of Aidan Hutchinson on the Michigan defense (four votes in first, 67 points) for the title of AP Player of the Year awarded by Regions Bank.
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett finished third; Alabama’s pawnbroker, Will Anderson Jr., finished fourth; and Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud finished fifth.
Young, Huchinson, Pickett and Stroud make it to the final round of the Heisman Trophy, will be introduced on Saturday in New York.
A sophomore and freshman, Young overcame 4,322 yards and 43 touchdowns, led top-ranked Tide to the Southeast Conference championship and was seeded #1 in the College Soccer League. The Tide will face Cincinnati #4 on December 31 at the Cotton Bowl.
Young said he feels well prepared for the challenge of leading a program that has set the standard for college football for more than a decade, but nothing can be said bigger than performance.
“Integrating and playing in different environments, being brought into situations naturally, makes you more comfortable as a leader,” Young told the AP. “It’s always about what you do in the season, how you carry yourself, but any time you can create important moments and you can show a lot, that’s always a part of that.” important. Because leadership talks a lot about action. “
Young ended his season with a 421-yard SEC championship game record overtaking Georgia last week.
Alabama recipient DeVonta Smith became the first Alabama player to win AP Player of the Year in 2020. Young is the 18th quarterback to win the award since it was founded in 1998.
Young, a Southern California native and former five-star player, said the high expectations were what drew him to Alabama and helped propel him.
“You want to live with the pressure and the hype of it all,” he said.
AP Player of the Year:
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama – 137 points (42 top votes).
Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan – 67 (4).
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt – 41 (2).
Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama – 32 (4).
CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State – 17 (1).
Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State – 13.
Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia – 8.
Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi – 2.
Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati – 1.
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