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Tide quarterback Bryce Young gives Alabama back-to-back Heisman Trophy wins

Pat Duggins

Alabama's Bryce Young won the Heisman Trophy. The sophomore Crimson Tide standout beat competitors from Michigan, Ohio State, and Pitt to give the Crimson Tide consecutive wins of college football's most famous award. Young went into the ceremony in New York City upset that Alabama linebacker Will Anderson wasn’t among the finalists. He expressed that view to reporters this week…

“If you look at numbers, if you look at production, I think he definitely deserves to be there. It’s a shame that he won’t be there,” Young said of Anderson.

Michigan’s Aiden Hutchinson was second in the voting, Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett finished third, and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was fourth. Young is Alabama's fourth Heisman winner and the first Tide quarterback to take the trophy, following DeVonta Smith's Heisman victory last year. Alabama is among a handful of schools to have consecutive winners, joining the likes of Yale, Army, USC, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. Sports writers point to two games that helped Bryce Young win the Heisman. The come-from-behind win in quadruple overtime over Auburn in the Iron Bowl, and Alabama’s win against previously undefeated Georgia for the Southeast Conference title. Young says his first Heisman memory as a youngster was when Robert Griffin the third won ten years ago.

“That was when I was turning from ‘oh, that’s a brown thing going into the endzone,’ to ‘oh, that’s football,” recalled Young.

Young will lead Alabama against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Cotton Bowl. The winner of that game will play for the championship against the winner of the Orange Bowl, Michigan or Georgia.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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