Alabama Football’s Greatest Quarterback of All Time: Bryce Young

Following the Iron Bowl victory and the conclusion of Alabama Football’s 2022 regular season, the inevitable is fast approaching. While we haven’t made any clear choices, this may be the last time we’ve seen Bryce Young in purple and white.

A look back at the greatest quarterback of all time in Alabama football: Bryce Young

With the most recent college football playoff rankings released with the Crimson Tide at 6, sneaking into the playoffs with two losses seems increasingly like a far-fetched dream. As of this writing, it looks like the last game of the season will be just a bowl game.

While he has given no indication of his intention to participate in the bowl game, it seems logical that he would choose to skip it in order to prepare for the NFL draft and not risk injury. So now is the right time to look back on his career with the Crimson Tide.

Bryce Young left high school as one of the most touted quarterback recruits in the country. Bryce, who came all the way from California from Mater Dei high school, had a year to adjust to college football learning behind Mac Jones.

After leading Alabama Football to a national championship in the chaotic 2020 season, Mac Jones handed Bryce leadership of the Crimson Tide offense. Bryce took over at quarterback for his sophomore and junior seasons.

In its second season, Bryce’s magic showed. He led the team to a near-perfect regular season (barring a last-second field goal loss at Texas A&M) and on to an SEC championship win over UGA. Bryce Young took apart the historically talented UGA defense with ease in the SEC championship game in Atlanta. Young capitalized on UGA’s holes with his best receivers and led The Tide to a 41-24 win over the top-ranked Dawgs.

Young then led the charge against Cincinnati in the college football playoff semifinal game. With the help of the running game, Young led the team to another dominating 27-6 victory. Young then took his team to the National Championship Game in Indianapolis for the second time in as many years. Without his top two receivers by the end of the game, however, Young couldn’t overcome the strength of the UGA defense without the help of his young receiver core. Through no fault of Bryce Young, The Tide lost the National Championship game.

The most striking thing about the 2021 regular season was how often Bryce Young did the impossible and almost single-handedly won games for the Tide. Here’s how Alabama Football didn’t escape the quagmire against Florida early on without the performance of Bryce Young. Last season’s LSU and Arkansas games revealed similar stories.

No one will ever forget their magic at the 2021 Iron Bowl…less than a minute from the end seven in Jordan-Hare. Bryce smiled as he led his team straight onto the field to a tie, then pulled even more magic out of his hat in the four overtime periods to claim the win.

Young has done it all in 2021, with a very young offensive line that struggled with pass protection. However, he had two star receivers who helped enormously until they were both plagued by injuries late in the season.

Fast forward to 2022.

Young wants to finish what they started in 2021. Young wanted a national championship with himself as the starting quarterback. 2022 brought a better offensive line and more protection, but fewer receivers to help him.

Bryce Young is the reason The Tide escaped a Texas scare early on. Bryce Young is the reason they even had a chance to beat Tennessee. Bryce Young is the reason they were able to beat LSU. Bryce Young is the reason they beat Ole Miss.

Bryce Young led his team to a 10-2 regular season win – two games away from a 12-0 lead and a guaranteed recurrence in the playoffs. On the other hand, without Bryce Young, the Alabama Football Team would likely be 7-5 or worse in 2021 and 2022. It took a generational talent as a quarterback to win the games he did.

Young finished second all-time for total passing yards, the first player in Alabama history to record 3,000 passing yards across multiple seasons, and second in total touchdowns for which he was responsible. While Tua Tagovailoa still holds the top spot in touchdowns, Tagovailoa had far more guns. His four receivers were all first-round draft picks. This season, Bryce Young has done it all himself, dropping arguably more passes than any quarterback in college.

He waved goodbye to fans after his last Iron Bowl and received cheers. The Tide’s love for Bryce Young is obvious.

What Bryce Young has made of his time on the Crimson Tide is remarkable. Bryce Young is the greatest quarterback in Alabama football history.