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Brian Kelly calls Alabama QB Bryce Young the best player in college football

Alabama QB Bryce Young (#9) holding the ball in the pocket against Texas
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Normally when a head coach is preparing a game plan there is some semblance of a belief that a team will be able to find an answer to slow down the opposition’s biggest threat.

For LSU, its biggest threat his Saturday will be finding a way to stop Bryce Young.

But during the SEC coaches teleconference on Wednesday, Tigers head coach Brian Kelly shared that there really isn’t a way to defend the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

“There’s no real good answer to that,” Kelly said. “If I had one, I certainly would be voicing it. In many instances, you can’t defend him because he’s so elusive and he wants to throw the football. He could take off so many times, but he’s trying to find receivers down the field and just has a great awareness, a sense.”

Although he doesn’t quite have the flashy numbers he did last season, Young has been able to weather a Crimson Tide offense that’s had an overhaul in terms of its personnel. He’s also had to battle through a shoulder injury dating back to the Arkansas game but has still found a way to overcome some of the shortcomings Alabama has seen on offense at points this year.

Currently, Young has thrown for 1,906 yards, 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions while also rushing for another three touchdowns on the ground.

Repeating as the Heisman Trophy winner is extremely rare, but being at the top of the voting isn’t something Kelly has taken into account before Saturday’s matchup in Death Valley.

Kelly still believes that Young is the best player in all of college football.

“He’s a true quarterback,” Kelly said. “He’s not a scramble-around guy that is just throwing it up there. He’s very intentional about everything that he does. He’s not taking sacks. He’s the Heisman Trophy winner, and he should be.

“He’s the best player in college football.”

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