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Watch: Bryce Young takes very first snap with Carolina Panthers

Bryce Young smiles during interviews for Carolina Panthers at the NFL Draft.
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Carolina fans got their first taste of the Panthers’ first pick of the NFL Draft in rookie minicamp.

Bryce Young, a University of Alabama alumnus, took his first snap Friday for the Panthers in practice.

*Videos of Young come via Steve Reed of the Associated Press

He is wearing No. 9, the same number as his time with Crimson Tide. Young became the first quarterback in Alabama history to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 2021. The 5-foot-10, 204-pounder set the single-season school record for passing yards (4,782), touchdown passes (47), and total touchdowns (50) as a first-year starter. He led the Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship and College Football Playoff appearance as a sophomore. Young propelled Alabama to 11 wins, including a 45-20 victory over Kansas State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl last season. He helped the team to a CFP National Championship in 2020 as a backup to Mac Jones. Frank Reich, the head coach of the Panthers, likes what he has in Young and is excited to coach him.

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We will see how quickly he becomes the starting quarterback in Carolina.

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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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