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Alabama fans react to Bryce Young and Will Anderson playing in Sugar Bowl

Alabama QB Bryce Young (#9) and Will Anderson Jr. (#31) celebrate 2021 SEC Championship with teammates.
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Bryce Young and Will Anderson are forever loved by Alabama fans, but their legend grew more on Friday.

Both decided to not opt-out of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Kansas State.

According to ESPN’s Chris Lowe and Pete Thamel, the junior quarterback and outside linebacker told Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban they will play. Young and Anderson are projected top-five picks for the 2023 NFL Draft, and either one could be the No. 1 overall pick. Young brought Alabama its first Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in 2021 while Anderson is a two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, and two-time Unanimous All-American. The native Georgian is the first player in Tide history to be a two-time Unanimous All-American. Both want to end their careers with a Sugar Bowl and give one last memorable performance to the fans. Alabama fans have their reactions below via social media.



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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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