Bryce Young of Alabama wins the Heisman 2021 Trophy
On Saturday night, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young won the Heisman 2021 Trophy, the top individual prize in college football, in his first season as a starter. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, and Michigan defensive end Aiden Hutchinson were the other finalists.
Young received 2,311 votes, with Hutchinson coming in second with 954 votes, followed by Pickett (631) and Stroud (631). (399).
“I’ve always been classified as someone who isn’t the prototype,” Young said after calling out numerous fans during his acceptance speech. “Being an African-American quarterback and being quote-unquote tiny and not being that prototype, I’ve always been ruled out and counted out.” “People have warned me several times that I would not be able to make it. And for me, it’s always been about demonstrating to myself what I’m capable of, rather than proving them incorrect. I’ve always pushed myself to work the hardest and do all I can to improve my abilities. And it’s only because of the people around me and the mercy of God that I’ve been able to get here, and I’m glad for that.”
Young has guided Alabama to a 12-1 record, a Southeastern Conference title, and a first-round place in the College Football Playoff. He’s completed 314 of 462 passes for 4,322 yards, 43 touchdowns, and four interceptions this season, while also running for three additional touchdowns.
Against Arkansas, Young set a school record with 559 passing yards and five touchdowns, and he set an SEC Championship Game record with 421 yards against then-No. 1 Georgia. He struggled against rival Auburn (25 of 51), but he led a 97-yard touchdown drive with under two minutes left to force overtime, which the Crimson Tide won 24-22. On December 31, he will lead Alabama against Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl CFP semifinal.
Young will be ineligible for the NFL Draft in 2022 as a true sophomore. As a rookie, he saw little action (22 throw attempts) as a backup to current New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.
Young is the second Alabama athlete to win the Heisman 2021 Trophy in a row (wide receiver DeVonta Smith, a first-round draught choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in April, won it last year) and the school’s fourth overall winner. Mark Ingram, a running back, won the Heisman 2021 Trophy in 2009, and Derrick Henry, a running back, won it in 2015.
Pickett is one of the best quarterback prospects for the 2022 draught, having guided Pitt to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship. For the 10-2 Buckeyes, who won a Rose Bowl spot against Utah, Stroud, like Young, threw 38 touchdown passes. At defensive end, Hutchinson racked up 13.5 sacks to lead a Michigan defence to its first CFP participation. The Wolverines were crowned Big Ten champions.
870 members of the media, past Heisman 2021 Award winners, and fans cast a single vote for the trophy.