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Former Tide LB gives passionate reason for Bryce Young and Will Anderson to opt out of Sugar Bowl

Bryce Young and Will Anderson shake hands following SEC Championship
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The biggest question for Alabama fans is will Bryce Young and Will Anderson play in the Sugar Bowl.

Many have provided perspectives on why they should play or opt out.

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Both are projected as top-five draft picks and either one could be the No. 1 overall pick next April. Young and Anderson were voted permanent team captains by their peers at Alabama’s annual awards banquet. Young became the Crimson Tide’s first Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in 2021 while Anderson is the program’s first two-time Unanimous All-American.

Some feel both should finish what they started and end with a Sugar Bowl ring; however, a former Tide linebacker gave a passionate reason for Young and Anderson to opt-out. Marvin Constant, a fearsome linebacker, said both guys should not play.

Alabama Legend on Bryce Young & Will Anderson in Sugar Bowl: “Don’t Take Your @$$ Out There!”

“Bryce, Will, don’t y’all take y’all ass out there,” Constant said Tuesday via The Bama Standard on should Young and Anderson participate in preparation for the Sugar Bowl. “You have done enough to put the money in the bank. Don’t go out there and let nobody fool you and make you think you have to finish this season. You put the money in your bank. My coach told me ‘you go to college to get a job.’ You have put enough on your resume to get the next job that you are about to go get. Do not take your ass out there on Friday for bowl practice. It is not beneficial to you. You have nothing to prove. Will has won the Defensive Player of the Year two years in a row. Bryce has a damn Heisman Trophy. What the hell do they have to prove?”

Constant said Young and Anderson will get the same amount of draft money no matter if they play or not.

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He also mentioned the opportunity to suffer an injury increases in the bowl game. Constant is speaking from experience as one of the Crimson Tide’s most respected linebackers suffered a serious knee on the last play of a game in his career. 

We will see what Young and Anderson do, but having Constant’s perspective is good.

Coach Nick Saban will address reporters at 5:15 p.m. CT Friday after practice.

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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. 

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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