Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is the Associated Press College varsity football player, giving the Crimson Tide their second straight winner.
Young received 42 of 53 first-place votes from the AP’s top 25 voters and 137 points to easily finish ahead of Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (four first-place votes, 67 points) for the AP player of the year.
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett was third, Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. was fourth and Ohio quarterback CJ Stroud was fifth.
Young, Hutchinson, Pickett and Stroud are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented on Saturday in New York.
A sophomore and freshman, Young had 4,322 yards and 43 touchdowns, leading the top-ranked Tide to the Southeastern Conference Championship and the No.1 seed in the college football playoffs. The Tide will face No.4 Cincinnati on December 31 at the Cotton Bowl.
Young said he feels well prepared for the challenge of leading a program that has set the standard in college football for more than a decade, but nothing speaks louder than performance.
âSetting up and playing in different environments, being put in situations, naturally, makes you more comfortable as a leader,â Young told the AP. “It’s always about what you do in the offseason, how you behave, but whenever you’re able to produce in big moments and are able to demonstrate a lot, it’s about is always a big part too. Because leadership is a lot of action. “
Young ended his season with an SEC Championship game record of 421 passing yards against Georgia last week.
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith became the first Alabama player to win AP Player of the Year in 2020. Young is the 18th quarterback to win the award since his inception in 1998.
Young, a Southern California native and former five-star rookie, said high expectations drew him to Alabama and motivated him.
âYou want to live up to the pressure and the hype,â he said.