Bryce Young Shines Bright As Spring Game MVP
As spring practice has gone on, many have wondered whether or not Nick Saban had a true bonafide quarterback competition on his hands.
As A-Day has now come and gone, we now know that this was never really the case and that Bryce Young is without a doubt this team's QB1. He solidified his position by being named A-Day MVP.
While far from perfect on Saturday afternoon, Young showed plenty of flashes while manning the first team offense with poise and precision. All tolled, Young completed 25-of-44 passes for 333 yards and a 59-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Latu.
Young did have a few plays in which he stood in the pocket for far too long and cost his team yards, as well as several instances in which he did not throw the ball downfield accurately, but it was certainly a whole lot more positive than negative in Young's first A-Day.
One particular throw from Young stood out, even though it wasn't even caught. On the White team's first drive of the game, facing 3rd and 3 from the Crimson team's five yard line, Young shimmied around the pocket to his right before firing an absolute laser across his body to Traeshon Holden in the endzone, who was unable to make the play.
Young's performance was enough to carry the White team to a 13-10 victory over the Crimson team, who was led for the most part by redshirt sophomore Paul Tyson.
Tyson, the great-grandson of Paul W. Bryant performed decently in while leading the second team offense, but it was made much more difficult for him by the fact that he had three true freshman on his offensive line going up against the first team defense.
Tyson finished A-Day completing 18-of-34 attempts for 171 yards and no interceptions. Perhaps it was not the most fair look at Tyson given the circumstances of A-Day, but Bryce Young clearly showed that he is the better option of the two.
The third quarterback who saw some time was Braxton Barker. Barker, son of 1992 national championship quarterback Jay Barker, connected immediately with freshman Agiye Hall for a 40-yard bomb in which Hall made a spectacular contested catch.
After starting out 2-for-2 for 57 yards, Barker struggled from there, finishing 4-of-8 for 74 yards and two interceptions, one to Kristian Story and the second to Ga'Quincy McKinstry.
Stone Hollenbach also dressed for the game and threw one pass for the white team, an incompletion.
Now that A-Day has passed, Crimson Tide fans have finally received some answers on players that will produce for Alabama in 2021.
As for the quarterback battle, Bryce Young has obviously taken the reigns for this team, and Alabama fans clearly have a lot to be excited about as the 2021 season approaches.