Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has won the 2021 Heisman Trophy award. In just his first year as a starting QB in college football, Young beat out fellow finalists Aidan Hutchinson, Kenny Pickett, and C.J. Stroud to become the 87th recipient of the award. Young was honored during the Heisman Trophy Ceremony presented by Nissan on Saturday night.
Bryce Young wins 2021 Heisman Trophy award
Having been the oddsmakers’ favorite to win the Heisman Trophy in recent weeks, it’s no surprise to see Young scoop the award for the most outstanding college football player. However, what has been a surprise is the level of poise and professionalism that the — excuse the pun — young quarterback has demonstrated during this remarkable college football season.
In his first season under center, Young has shattered multiple Alabama records. Furthermore, in dismantling an almost historic Georgia defense, he set an SEC Championship passing yards record. Young has already surpassed his predecessor Mac Jones in terms of touchdown passes in a single season. With at least one more game to play, he’s in position to exceed Jones’ single-season yardage too.
How many Alabama players have won the Heisman Trophy?
Young is the fourth Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama. Following DeVonta Smith’s success last season, the Crimson Tide became the second program in five years to have consecutive award winners. Five previous programs have won back-to-back Heisman Trophies, with Yale, Army, Ohio State, USC, and most recently Oklahoma achieving the remarkable feat.
Previous Alabama winners include Smith, Mark Ingram, and Derrick Henry. As such, Young has made history as the first Alabama quarterback to win the prestigious award. It’s a remarkable achievement when you consider the talented quarterbacks that have trodden the path from Tuscaloosa to the NFL. Can Young become only the second player to win consecutive Heisman Trophies when he returns to lead Alabama next season?
Final 2021 Heisman Trophy votes
- Bryce Young, QB, Alabama: 2,311 points (684 first-place votes)
- Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan: 954 points (78 first-place votes)
- Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh: 631 points (28 first-place votes)
- C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State: 399 points (12 first-place votes)
- Will Anderson Jr., OLB, Alabama: 325 points (31 first-place votes)
- Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State: 245 points (18 first-place votes)
- Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss: 150 points (10 first-place votes)
- Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati: 81 points (5 first-place votes)
- Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia: 75 points (9 first-place votes)
- Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State: 17 points (0 first-place votes)