Alabama football will be without a legacy
When you look at Alabama football‘s long history, you expect some overlap. Siblings have played together, and some sons played for the same school as their fathers. No legacy came in with more recognition than Paul Tyson, Bear Bryant’s great-grandson. Tyson has now entered the transfer portal. Despite three years with Alabama football, he has three years of eligibility remaining.
Tyson came in as a four-star quarterback ranked outside of the top 300 prospects in the 2019 recruiting class. He entered the class with Taulia Tagovailoa, Tua’s younger brother. Tagovailoa transferred to Maryland after one year, but Tyson stayed buried on the depth chart.
In theory, Tyson was the backup quarterback for Alabama football this season. However, he only had 16 pass attempts in his five games this year. His reps were minimal, and he wasn’t expected to stay QB2 with the depth behind him.
Jalen Milroe has flashed as a prospect, and he’ll be in the QB2 competition this offseason. He’ll compete with Ty Simpson, a five-star prospect who stepped onto campus in December. With two younger prospects behind him and Bryce Young in front of him, the possibility of Tyson earning the starting job one day was slim at best.
When Tyson was recruited, many wondered if he or Taulia would inherit the program after Tua’s departure. Mac Jones won the job instead, both prospects are now out of Tuscaloosa. However, Tyson’s decision to stay for three years guaranteed him a national championship ring.
Tyson has potential as a starting quarterback, but he will likely need to transfer to a smaller school if he wants to be guaranteed the starter. No matter where he goes, Alabama football fans will be rooting for Bear Bryant’s great-grandson as he takes on the next stage of life. We’ll have to wait to see what life has in store for Tyson.