Alabama quarterback Bryce Young was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the best player in college football, announced by the Maxwell Football Club. Four Alabama players have won the award in the past, including AJ McCarron (2013), Derrick Henry (2015), Tua Tagovailoa (2018) and DeVonta Smith (2020). Young could be the second player in a row to win the award from the University of Alabama and the fourth consecutive from the Southeastern Conference.

As a senior at Mater Dei high school in Santa Ana, Cali., Young won the Maxwell Football Club's High School Football National Offensive Player of the Year.

The former five-star quarterback and has been exceptional in his first season as the starter. Young has thrown for 2,453 yards and an SEC-best 26 touchdowns while ranking fifth in the country in passing efficiency (177.1).

Throughout the season, Young has broken a number of Alabama quarterback records. In week one against Miami, he was the first quarterback in Alabama history with four passing touchdowns in his starting debut. Against Southern Miss, Young became the first Alabama quarterback with five passing touchdowns and two or fewer incompletions in a game. In his latest performance against Tennessee, Young went 31-of-43 for a career-high 371 yards and four touchdowns. He became the first player with 350+ passing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a game. Young earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his play in all three games.

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The California native currently sits atop the Heisman odds after Week 9. Finalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and the winner be announced on Thursday, Dec. 9 at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Alabama will return to action this Saturday, Nov. 6 when the Crimson Tide takes on the LSU Tigers inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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