Georgia can’t catch Alabama football’s Bryce Young
Bryce Young could have plenty of nicknames after one year as Alabama football‘s starter. He’s QB1 and a Heisman winner. His talents have carried the Tide to the national championship in a rare rematch against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia gave Young a unique nickname as they prepare for Monday’s game. They are calling him the Gingerbread Man. This is because of his speed and elusiveness. The childhood song says that you can’t catch the Gingerbread Man, which fits the bill for this matchup.
So, what inspired this nickname? Georgia’s Jordan Davis gave the story. The team was watching HBO’s Hard Knocks, and the Colts gave this nickname to Kyler Murray. Murray was a comp for Young out of high school, so this makes sense. Since he has similar qualities, Georgia started calling Bryce Young the Gingerbread Man. They’ll be looking to catch the Heisman winner on Monday night.
In the SEC Championship, Young had his best game as a passer and runner. He wasn’t sacked a single time against Georgia’s stout defensive front. He also had three runs for 40 yards and a touchdown in the biggest game of his life. Between the offensive line’s ability to give Young protection and Young’s ability to make a play when given time, Georgia was gassed by the fourth quarter.
It’s almost comical that Young was given this nickname by the Bulldogs. Georgia is essentially admitting that they are unable to catch the quarterback. They’ll try to change that on Monday, but the self-awareness is startling. Championship teams rarely detail their failures to the public.
At the end of the day, this is all fluff. The outcome of this game won’t be decided by a nickname. Still, it is funny that Georgia admits this on an open stage before the biggest game of the season. This may be Georgia’s attempt at fatal rat poison, but it comes off as weak.