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Will Anderson shuts down the Bryce Young height talk at Pro Day

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (#9) and linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (#31) celebrate with a hug after the Crimson Tide defeats Kansas State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
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People should have listened to Will Anderson silence all the talk about Bryce Young’s height at the NFL Combine.

The talented edge rusher watched his quarterback for Alabama football put on a show Thursday.

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Young impressed NFL teams and the media at the Crimson Tide’s Pro Day. He completed 44 of 50 passes, executing the script he went in with. A spectacle has been made about Young’s small frame for a while. He rarely got hurt at Alabama, despite missing one game last year because of a shoulder injury. The former five-star dominated the defenses in the Southeastern Conference and did it to the tune of winning a Heisman Trophy in 2021. Anderson received a final question about Young’s height at pro day. The native Georgian responded that he would not want any other guy but Young as his quarterback.

“He is not too short to play quarterback in the NFL,” Anderson said about Young. “He did a phenomenal job here at Alabama. I put all my faith and trust in him to do what he needs to do. He is a great friend, a great brother, and a great teammate.”

Anderson, who stands at 6-3 1/2″ and 253 pounds, competed against Young in practice for four years. He’s gotten the better of Young, and Young got the better of him. The 5-foot-10, 204-pounder took on the best defenses in college football and had a lot of success. NFL teams, especially the Carolina Panthers, should not let height steer them away from a special playmaker.

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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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