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Frank Reich says Bryce Young’s IQ is on par with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck

Bryce Young greets Panther fans as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.
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Frank Reich has been around some talented quarterbacks, and he played the position himself.

However, he has an opportunity to coach an exceptional athlete.

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The Carolina Panthers took Bryce Young as the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft.

Young, a University of Alabama alum, scored the highest among quarterbacks in the S2 Cognitive Test ahead of the draft. The assessment evaluates an athlete’s ability to successfully process information. Young scored a 98 on it. Carolina is fine having Young start as a backup quarterback, but he has a chance to become the starter before week one of next season. According to Reich, Young’s football IQ is ‘on par’ with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Both quarterbacks entered the league with high football intelligence. Manning changed the game at the quarterback position with how he was able to manipulate defenses. Luck was about to do the same until injuries forced him to early retirement. Manning won two Super Bowls: one for the Indianapolis Colts and one for the Denver Broncos. He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for all he accomplished in his NFL career.

Young’s processing abilities were second to none in college. He dominated the Southeastern Conference, becoming the first Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 2021. The 5-foot-10, 204-pounder finished his career second all-time in school history for passing yards (8,356), passing touchdowns (80), and total touchdowns (87).

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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 15 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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