It’s no surprise that Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young won the 2021 Heisman Trophy. TSL has been predicting this since the season started.
Young won by a landslide as he received 2,311 points, easily separating himself from the field. Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (954 points) and Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud (631 points) finished a distant second and third in the race. It was the seventh-widest margin of victory in the 87 years of the award.
The moment Bryce Young won the 2021 Heisman Trophy 👏 pic.twitter.com/dwg5kXRhgU
— ESPN (@espn) December 12, 2021
Young Had Heisman Moment In Back-To-Back Weeks
Young passed for 4,322 yards, 43 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season. His last two outings solidified his Heisman campaign. The first came in a defensive slugfest against archrival Auburn, trailing 10-3 and needing to 97 yards in 90 seconds to keep Alabama’s CFP hopes alive. Young didn’t flinch, in fact he was smiling at the opportunity. BAMA would win in four overtimes.
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) November 28, 2021
Teammate Jameson Williams, who was ejected earlier in the game for targeting on punt coverage, said:
“That last drive, Bryce has a smile on his face. So I would never say I have seen him rattled or intimidated by anything. I feel like he has the mindset that he knows he’s going to the job done, and that’s very great with Bryce and his mindset.”
“He amazes with a lot of the running game he has and also some of the passes he makes. It’s just incredible. Bryce is just great.”
His second Heisman moment came in last week’s 41-24 SEC Championship Game against former No. 1 Georgia. In a game where most predicted the Crimson Tide to lose, Young didn’t get the memo. He went out and torched the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense for 461 total yards and four total touchdowns. A defense giving up 6.9 points per game was shredded for 34 points and over 500 yards by the Tide’s offense.
421 pass yards (SEC Championship Game record)
40 rush yards
4 total TD
Bryce Young put on a SHOW. pic.twitter.com/kNmmNZCdE4
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 5, 2021
Young Shares Moment With Parents, Thanks Everyone
Young thanked everyone, including God, his parents, his teammates, coaches and fans. He’s a kid of high character and class. He crushed the speech.
Classy speech by Bryce Young. He’ll be the face of the sport for the next year. Have to think the sport is in good hands. Young thanks everyone — weight staff, teammates, finalists and high school coaches. Bravo, Bryce.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 12, 2021
Bryce’s HS Alma Mater, Mater Dei Makes History
There are now three Heisman winners from the prestigious school in California, including John Huarte (Notre Dame, 1964), Matt Leinart (USC, 2004) and Young.
3 Quarterbacks. 3 Stripers. 3 Heismans
— Mater Dei Athletics (@MD_Athletics) December 12, 2021
Alabama Has Had Four Heisman Winners Since 2009
Nick Saban has dominated the world of college football since 2009, winning six national championships, eight SEC titles, and the Tide have produced four Heisman Trophy winners.
Mark Ingram (2009), Derrick Henry (2015), DeVonta Smith (2020) preceded Young in Tuscaloosa as Heisman winners.
— ESPN (@espn) December 12, 2021
Smith and Young become the first back-to-back Heisman winners from the same school since Oklahoma did it in 2017 and 2018 with future No. 1 picks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. These two blue-blood programs are joined by Yale (1936-37), Army (1945-46), Ohio State (1974-75) and USC (2004-05).
Young Will Be Odds-On Favorite Again Next Year
With Young being just a true sophomore, he’s not draft eligible until 2023. That means he’ll return to Tuscaloosa with a real shot at being just the second two-time winner of the award after Archie Griffin at Ohio State.
He’ll have some real competition with CJ Stroud back at Ohio State and Caleb Williams starting the season as the lead guy, and others who emerge. But based on what we’ve seen from Young this year he has a great chance to make some more history.
Right now his first priority is New Year’s Eve and leading Alabama to back-to-back titles.
Since he couldn’t be there in attendance, last year’s winner DeVonta Smith left this message for Young.
DeVonta Smith’s message to Bryce Young after joining him in the HEISMAN CLUB 🤩
— Overtime (@overtime) December 12, 2021
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