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Alabama quarterback Bryce Young wins 2021 AP Player of the Year

Bryce Young (#9) drops back to pass for Alabama in SEC Championship versus Georgia
Photo by Rodger Champion of Alabama Athletics/SEC Media Portal

Alabama lost several offensive players from the 2020 national championship team to the National Football League, but Bryce Young has the program in the College Football Playoff.

The Crimson Tide had some inconsistent moments, but Young led it to an SEC Championship victory over Georgia.

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He kept things in order and has the team playing its best at the right time. Young won Associated Press Player of the Year on Thursday.

He received 42 of 53 first-place votes from AP Top 25 voters and 137 points overall. Young beat out Michigan’s Aiden Hutchinson, Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh, his teammate, Will Anderson, and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud. 

Alabama now has back-to-back AP Player of the Year honors with DeVonta Smith (2020) and Young.

The sophomore quarterback has 4,322 passing yards and 43 touchdowns. He is second all-time for single-season yards and tied for first in touchdowns in school history. Young made first-team All-SEC and won SEC Offensive Player of the Year. 

He is a finalist for the Heisman Memorial Trophy and is the favorite to win.

Young anticipates becoming the first Heisman-winning quarterback for the Crimson Tide’s program.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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