Alabama football will repeat with Heisman winners
Heading into the season, Bryce Young was a contender for the Heisman Trophy. In his first year as Alabama football‘s starter, Young carried the Tide to the top spot in the College Football Playoff after beating Georgia in the SEC Championship. The week before that, he mounted an amazing comeback at Auburn in enemy territory.
With these two performances, there should no longer be a debate as to who should win this year’s Heisman Trophy. Bryce Young will win the award next week when the process is finalized.
This will be Alabama football’s second Heisman winner from the past two seasons. Last year, DeVonta Smith shattered receiving records on his way to winning the Heisman. This year, it will go to the star quarterback.
Young will be the first quarterback in Alabama football history to win the Heisman Trophy. Tua Tagovailoa came close in 2018, but injuries and Kyler Murray’s successes took that opportunity from him.
This was one of the weakest Heisman races in recent memory. Young was the frontrunner, but he play wasn’t always perfect. The Tide struggled in a few games offensively, and he didn’t step up as a runner until halfway through the season.
The competition subsided as well. Kenneth Walker had a chance, but Michigan State’s inability to win the Big Ten hurt his stock. The same can be said for C.J. Stroud, who was essentially eliminated after losing to Michigan.
While the competition wasn’t there, Young is still earned this year’s Heisman Trophy. He had elite stats and overcame adversity with a struggling offensive line. He had his Heisman moment against Auburn, and he was the only quarterback who could beat the stout Georgia defense.
At this point, the ceremony is a formality. Bryce Young might want to prep for his acceptance speech this weekend. He can always visit the writing center on campus.