Hello Bryce Young, nice to meet you.
Young became the first Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in his starting debut. The defending champions dismantled No. 14 Miami 44-13 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday.
Young, a sophomore from Southern California, turned down the University of Southern California to take his talents to Tuscaloosa; he completed 27 of 38 passes for 344 yards.
“Any time there is an offseason, there is tons of anticipation, you start to get a little anxious,” Young said. For us to get the first win out of the way did some good things, did something’s for us to improve on, we get to put it on tape, it is fun being out there with my guys.”
It was Young’s first start; he looked like a million dollars. Players who played the position before him, Mac Jones and Tua Tagovailoa, are legends at Alabama; he had a better opening game than them. He was very poised.
Again, that was his first start.
“He redirects the protection; he plays like a veteran out there, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said. “I was really impressed with the poise he played, the command he had, and positively directed the offense.”
Before Young, Jones and Joe Namath had been the only quarterbacks to throw three TD passes in their first starts for Alabama. After his first start, he is arguably the front-runner for the Heisman trophy.
Alabama is the number one team in the country; the dominoes will fall in place for the teams behind them.
The Miami Hurricanes were literally in the middle of a storm.
After months of preparation, they were down 27-3 at halftime.
This game was another chance to illustrate “The U” is back against the nation’s elite program; Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz had no answers for what hit his team.
“They are disappointed; they came here to compete,” Diaz said. “They worked really hard for today. When you look at the film session, you remove the result from the film and look at individual performances; we have a close nit group.”
Alabama led 27-0 before Miami crossed midfield. Alabama finished with 501 total yards on offense, while Miami had 266, and 88 were their rushing total.
The beat goes on.
Miami will host Appalachian State next Saturday in the Hurricanes’ home opener.
Alabama will host FCS school Mercer next Saturday.