After losing most of its experience and leadership to the NFL Draft, Alabama is working with its youth to help try and fill those roles. One player who’s stepping up is sophomore quarterback Bryce Young who has been impressive so far during the team’s spring season.
The 5-star prospect from California is expected to be the signal-caller for the Crimson Tide this upcoming season and is working on all facets of his game in order to be the best quarterback possible. His teammates are even picking up on his work as senior running back Brian Robinson raved about Young.
“Bryce has definitely stepped into his shows,” Robinson said during a Zoom interview on Friday. “He accepted the fact that being a quarterback, he has to be one of the most vocal guys on the offensive side of the ball, and he’s been doing a great job with that.”
So far Young’s playing time has been limited due to the nature of the 10 game SEC season in 2020. Saban wanted to make it a point to get him more involved but Young attempted just 22 passes his freshman season. His best performance came against Kentucky where he went 2/2 for 53 yards while throwing for his only touchdown of the year.
Despite the lack of playing time, Young is looking to step in and fill the hole Mac Jones left as best he can as the Crimson Tide continues to work towards its spring game.
“Bryce has made a lot of improvement,” head coach Nick Saban said following last Saturday’s scrimmage. “I think he’s a lot more confident. I think I’ve talked about this before, that we wanted to play Bryce a lot more than he got to play last year. I think the circumstances, playing 10 SEC and being in the SEC Championship Game and the playoffs, probably didn’t get as much chance to do that as we’ve done in the past with developing quarterbacks.
“But I think just having all the reps that he had last year, he’s much more confident. I think he’s doing very well.”
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77