As dominant as Alabama has been underneath Nick Saban for the final 14 seasons, the arrival of game-changing quarterbacks has solely been a current improvement in his Crimson-hued dynasty.
Earlier than Saban tailored the fashionable school soccer offense with offensive coordinators Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian, his groups relied on gradual tempo, a powerful working recreation and an absolute chokehold on time of possession. It was quarterbacks John Parker Wilson, Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron who led Alabama’s offenses — seemingly ages earlier than Blake Sims, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa modified the sport endlessly.
How instances change.
The most recent in that distinguished line is the Mac Jones, who in 2020 has put collectively one of many best single seasons in Alabama quarterback historical past. The unheralded signal-caller leads the nation in completion proportion (77.0), passing yards per try (11.3) and has set the NCAA document for passer ranking (203.0), one level larger than LSU’s Joe Burrow (202.0) and three.6 factors larger than Jones’ predecessor, Tagovailoa (199.4).
He did that whereas throwing for 4,036 yards and 36 touchdowns — each good for second nationally — and all in 12 video games. For his efforts, Jones completed third within the Heisman Trophy voting and gained each the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Davey O’Brien awards.
But, pretty much as good as he’s, many who observe the Crimson Tide program suppose his backup, Bryce Younger, might be higher. The true freshman hasn’t had a lot alternative to contribute to Alabama’s unbelievable offensive season in 2020, however he has proven flashes of brilliance whereas finishing 13 of twenty-two passes for 156 yards and a touchdown.
This is all the pieces it is advisable to find out about Younger, who figures to be a key determine in Alabama’s 2021 quarterback competitors and past:
Younger is tied for Saban’s highest-rated recruit ever
Saban has secured simply three five-star quarterbacks in his time as Alabama’s coach: Phillip Sims, the No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 31 general participant within the class of 2010; Blake Barnett, the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 6 general participant within the class of 2015; and Tagovailoa, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and No. 32 general participant within the 2017 class.
Young, labeled a dual-threat, was the No. 1 general quarterback no matter fashion within the 2020 class, and its No. 2 general participant.
Per 247Sports’ Composite rankings, Younger is tied for the Twentieth-ranked participant on the recruiting service’s boards all time; he has a .9994 ranking out of a potential 1.0. He is tied with Alabama offensive linemen Andre Smith (2006) and Cyrus Kouandjio (2011) as Saban’s highest-rated recruit of all time.
Regardless of his label, Younger considers himself extra of a standard quarterback.
“Folks within the (NFL), the Lamar Jacksons, Kyler Murrays, the Baker Mayfields, folks like which can be actually pushing the envelope of what dual-threat means,” Younger stated in a 2019 interview with USA Today High School Sports. “Folks suppose a dual-threat is somebody who can, a working again that may throw just a little bit … however actually dual-threat ought to imply, and it does imply in my thoughts, somebody who has the flexibility that may actually do each so far as extending performs and run the ball however continues to be a passer.”
Younger comes from a faculty with a formidable QB lineage
Younger’s was a prolific highschool profession: Per his Alabama soccer bio, he threw for 13,250 yards and 152 touchdowns (to only 18 interceptions) and rushed for 1,084 dashing yards and 26 extra scores, accounting for 178 profession highschool touchdowns. Tagovailoa had 8,158 passing yards and 84 touchdowns at Saint Louis Faculty (Honolulu), including 1,727 dashing yards and 27 touchdowns for 111 highschool touchdowns.
That Younger may put collectively that stat line is spectacular. That he may try this at Mater Dei Excessive Faculty (Santa Ana, Calif.) makes it astounding. The varsity has been a quarterback manufacturing unit, producing such abilities as Todd Marinovich, Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley, John Huarte and JT Daniels.
Amongst that group, Younger ranks first all time in passing yards, completion proportion (70.6) and second in passing touchdowns.
He performed in opposition to the nation’s high highschool expertise
Younger performed among the nation’s high groups — and defenses — at Mater Dei. The 2020 MVP of the Military All-American Bowl performed such groups as Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) and St. Frances Academy (Baltimore).
That features one future Clemson commit in D.J. Uiagalelei, who confronted off in opposition to Younger within the 2019 California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Part Division 1 championship recreation. In that recreation, Uiagalelei led St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) from a 28-5 deficit to a 39-34 win over Mater Dei. Younger threw for 405 yards and 5 touchdowns in that recreation, but additionally a season-high three interceptions and a fumble on the finish of the sport.
Can we count on these two to face off a pair instances in school?
Younger practically dedicated to USC
Mater Dei has been a longtime funnel of quarterbacks to the Trojans program; it was practically the identical for Younger, who was a USC commit for 14 months earlier than flipping his dedication to Alabama in September 2019. He was staunch in his dedication to the Tide as soon as he flipped, and stays an attractive piece to the group’s offensive future.