Another Year, Another Alabama Crimson Tide Heisman Trophy Winner
Alabama second-back Bryce Young was presented with the 2021 Heisman Cup at a ceremony in New York City on Saturday night.
Young received 684 votes in first place and 2,311 points to win college football’s most prestigious award. Michigan’s senior defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson had the votes in second place with 78 and second behind Young with 954 points. Pittsburgh’s Senior Midfielder Kenny Pickett (631 points) and Ohio State 1st quarterback CJ Stroud (399 points) made the top four.
20 year old signal caller becomes Second Alabama player in a row brings home the Heisman Trophy and the fourth overall. Mark Ingram (20019) rerun, Derrick Henry (2015) rerun and wide receiver DeVonta Smith (2020) were past winners, making Young the first Bama quartet to claim Heisman.
Alabama is just behind Notre Dame (seven), Ohio State (seven), Oklahoma (seven) and USC (six) for the most Heisman winners of all time.
After attempting just 22 passes as a freshman, Young took the country by storm in his first season as a starter. He made instant history in the opener against Miami, throwing the most passes (344) and touching the ball (four) by a Crimson Tide quarterback on their debut.
That first performance didn’t go well either, as Young went on to make 4,322 yards (the most in the nation) and 43 touchdowns (first second) with a 68% completion rate for the 12-1 Crimson Tide. He ran in the other three scores and threw just four interceptions.
Young’s Heisman’s biggest moment came on the road against rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl, when he engineered a 97-yard match-down to force overtime in the eventual 4OT win.
The Alabama quarterback delivered a final statement from Heisman the following week with a dazzling display in the SEC Championship Game, totaling 461 yards (421 passes, 60 javes) and four touchdowns (three passes, a javelin) in the previous 41-24 win- Georgia is undefeated. The Bulldogs were not allowed to have more than 17 points all season before facing Young and Co.
Because he did not qualify for the 2022 NFL Draft, Young will have a chance to become a two-time Heisman winner next season. Ohio State veteran Archie Griffin is the only multiple winner with his victories in 1974 and 1975.
Hutchinson was second in Heisman after a total of 14 sacks, second in the country, including three in one. nasty win over Ohio State in November. Hutchinson also added 58 combined tackles and two fumble imperatives to win the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and help Michigan win the Big Ten championship. He’s trying to be the second defender to win against Heisman, and the first since fellow Wolverine. Charles Woodson in 1997.
Pickett, the ACC’s 2021 Player of the Year, threw 4,319 yards and scored 42 passes that hit the conference record while leading Pitt to his first ACC championship.
Meanwhile, Stroud worked hard to become the third freshman to win the award. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year ranks among the top eight quarterbacks in the nation for passes (3,862), touches (38) and completion rate (70.9) to help the Buckeyes 10- 2 reached the Rose Bowl.
Young and Hutchinson were the only Heisman finalists to compete this year College football tournament, and they may meet in the National Championship Game. No. 1 Alabama will face No. 4 Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl at 3:30 p.m. ET on December 31. Bama is looking for a second consecutive national title.
Next up is Bama-Cincy who is #2 Michigan versus #3 Georgia in the Orange Bowl.
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