Bryce Young Wins Heisman Trophy

By Terrance Turner

Dec. 11, 2021

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has won the Heisman Trophy.

After leading Alabama Crimson Tide to a stunning comeback against Auburn in the Iron Bowl and then leading them to a massive upset over No.1-ranked Georgia the next week, Young won college football’s highest honor. Young received 684 first-place votes, according to ESPN. He received the award at a televised ceremony in New York City.

“I want to thank for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without him I couldn’t be here, and through Him all things are possible. I’d like to thank any dad for always being there for me,” he said. “You’ve always been a supporter — more than a father, like a best friend to me, and for that I’m eternally grateful. My mom, for alwayas having my back,” he continued. “You always had ny back; you always supported me.”

“I’d like to thank Coach Saban. Thank you for believing in me,” he added.

“I’ve always been soneone whose labeled as not the protoype, being an African-American quarterback and being, quote-unquote, ‘undersized’ and not being that prototype, I’ve always been counted out,” he said. “I’ve had people tell me that I wouldn’t make it. But for me it’s always been about not proving them wrong but proving to myself that I could do it,”

Young garnered Heisman buzz after a record-breaking performance in the SEC Championship Game. Young led Alabama to a dominant win over No. 1-ranked Georgia. The Tide led the Bulldogs for nearly the entire game, with Young throwing three touchdown passes and running for another. That day he broke the SEC title records for passing yards (421) and total yards (461) of total offense.

According to ESPN, Young passed for 286 of his 421 yards in the first half. Georgia (12-1) jumped out to a 10-0 lead early, but Alabama erupted for 24 points in the second quarter — the most points scored in any quarter in an SEC championship game. Young threw a 67-yard pass to Jameson Williams and later found receiver John Metchie III for a 13-yard score.

Metchie suffered a torn ACL in the third quarter. But Jameson Williams shredded the Georgia secondary with seven catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Bryce Young threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another last Saturday night.

Two weeks ago, Young helped Alabama storm back from a 10-0 deficit in the Iron Bowl. Auburn led 10-0 for nearly the entire fourth quarter, but with just 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Young connected with wide receiver Ja’Corey Brooks for the touchdown. Brooks extended his arms to make the catch, and as he crash-landed to the ground, he maintained possession.

Young and the Tide fought through four overtimes to win the game. In triple overtime, Young threw a quick slant to receiver John Metchie III for a two-point conversion. Then, after a failed two-point attempt by Auburn in quadruple overtime, Young threw a dart to Metchie (again) for the game-sealing two-pointer. Alabama won in quadruple overtime, 24-22.

Young has passed for 4,322 yards and 43 touchdowns this season, according to CBS News.

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