NEW YORK (AP) – Bryce Young not only met the standard set by the star quarterbacks who preceded him in Alabama, he surpassed it.
Young became the first Crimson Tide quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy Saturday night, making Alabama the fifth school in a row to win college football’s prestigious player of the year award.
Young received 684 votes in first place and 2,311 points to easily overtake Michigan defense chief Aidan Hutchinson (78,954).
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (28, 631) finished third and Ohio State midfielder CJ Stroud (12, 399) is fourth. Alabama winger Will Anderson Jr. (31, 325), finished fifth, bringing two defensive players into the top five for the first time since 1962.
A year after former teammate DeVonta Smith won the Heisman Prize, Young received 83% of the total available points, the seventh-highest of the 87 winners. He was named above 90% of the total votes, also the seventh highest person in Heisman history.
Young crossed 4,322 yards and 43 touchdowns this season, leading Alabama’s No. 1 to the Southeast title and a spot in the College Soccer Round. The defending champion Crimson Tide will play Cincinnati No. 4 on December 31 at the Cotton Bowl.
Young is Alabama’s fourth Heisman winner, all in the past 13 years under coach Nick Saban. Only four schools won more: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Southern California each won seven.
Other schools with Heisman Prize winners in consecutive years are Yale (1936-37), Army (1945-46), Southern California (2004-05) – although Reggie Bush’s 2005 win was later dropped. drums – and Oklahoma (2017-18).
Backrunners Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015) were Alabama’s first two Heisman winners, and Smith, one recipient, finished 3rd last year.
It seemed only a matter of time before a Tide midfielder brought one home. Saban’s Alabama dynasty evolved into QB U.
Young, a sophomore, stepped into the role started by Mac Jones and Tua Tagovailoa two seasons ago. Both are starting in the NFL after being selected in the first round of the draft.
“I have a lot of respect for the great midfielders that have played here before me and that’s something I don’t take lightly at all,” Young told the AP earlier this week.
Tagovailoa was Heisman’s runner-up against Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray in 2018 and then placed 10th in the polls in 2019, a season cut short due to injury.
Jones put up even better numbers than Tagovailoa in 2020, but came in third in Heisman’s vote behind his favorite recipient, Smith, and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Then there is Young, the five-star player from Southern California who was Jones’ light substitute last year.
“Alabama is not the place to go if you’re avoiding expectations or avoiding standards,” Young told the AP.
Young showed immediately that he had completed the task. He threw 344 yards and four touchdowns on his debut that started against Miami to start the season, but it was the way he finished that helped him win the Heisman.
The race appeared primarily to take the property in November. Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker, sixth, Stroud and even Young’s teammate Anderson all quickly rose to the top of the leaderboard. .
Young led Alabama on a 97-yard touchdown, ending the game in an overtime win over Auburn over Thanksgiving weekend, beating the overall run to one of his worst games of the season. Solve when it matters most.
Equal confidence may be Young’s strongest trait.
“It’s always been there,” his father, Craig Young, said earlier this week. “It’s just the ability to stay calm in the chaos and not see it as chaos.”
Bryce Young followed up that clutch performance during the Iron Bowl with a masterpiece from start to finish. Young surpassed the SEC championship game record by 421 yards and the Crimson Tide tore through Georgia’s lauded defense in a 41-24 victory.
The Heisman race went from the opening phase to the deal being done as Young helped Alabama pass another milestone with the greatest ever season for quarterback Tide.
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