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Bryce Young becomes first Heisman-winning quarterback for Alabama under Nick Saban

Bryce Young (#9) throws a pass for Alabama in SEC Championship Game versus Georgia
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics/ SEC Media Portal

Nick Saban has produced a Heisman-winning quarterback for the University of Alabama.

Bryce Young becomes the first signal-caller in Crimson Tide history to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

The sophomore won the coveted bronze award in New York City on Saturday night over C.J. Stroud (Ohio State), Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh), and Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan). Young turned in an incredible season with 4,322 passing yards, 43 touchdown passes, and three rushing touchdowns. As a first-year starter, he is second to Mac Jones for single-season passing yards in school history while sharing the record for touchdowns with Tua Tagovailoa. Young’s performance in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia sealed the Heisman campaign.

He set a game record for passing yards (421) and totaled four touchdowns in Alabama’s 41-24 victory over the Bulldogs. Young ranks in the top-10 of college football for passing yards (No. 4), touchdowns (No. 2), passer rating (175.5, No. 4), and quarterback rating (88.9, No. 2).

Coach Saban had AJ McCarron (2013) and Tagovailoa (2018) attend New York as Heisman finalists, but he has a winner to bring the trophy to Tuscaloosa.

Young now joins Mark Ingram (2009), Derrick Henry (2015), and DeVonta Smith (2020) as Alabama’s fourth Heisman winner.

The Tide has a Heisman winner at three different offensive positions.

Congratulations to Young and the Crimson Tide.

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