Why Bryce Young believes Alabama football is back on track after national championship loss
Bryce Young still feels the pain of losing the college football national championship game.
The Alabama football junior quarterback said he hasn’t forgotten about the 33-18 loss to Georgia in the College Football National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Jan. 10, including the 79-yard interception return for a touchdown by Georgia’s Kelee Ringo to put the game out of reach.
“For us to be so close to our goal and falling short is something that hurts, but that’s life,” Young said while attending the Manning Passing Academy as a camp counselor on Friday. “We’ve used that loss to motivate us this offseason and heading into the regular season.”
Young said he believes the experience will benefit Alabama as it prepares for another championship run in 2022.
“Winning championships is our goal every year,” said Young, who was part of Alabama's 2020 national championship team. “We fell short last year. We need to do more than we did last year so we could get better as a team. We’re working and focused on getting back to the championship. Really the biggest thing is making sure we are all on the same page and we’re all playing together and working together to have success."
Young set the Alabama single-season marks for passing yards (4,872) and touchdowns (47) as a sophomore. He was the fourth Alabama player to win the Heisman Trophy since 2009.
Young said he is more confident entering his second season as a starter, especially after going through a difficult Southeastern Conference schedule.
“Whenever you get game reps, it definitely helps, especially when you’re in different game situations," Young said. "It gave me some experience. I definitely feel more confident from being able to learn from it."
Young said he is more determined to step up as a team leader, especially after dedicating more time this offseason to improving areas of his game. He wanted to use his experiences working with Peyton and Eli Manning at the Manning Passing Academy to his benefit.
“I feel like I have to do what’s best for the team,” Young said. “We have to make sure we are all working toward the right goals. We have to do the little stuff that Alabama teams are known for. It’s my job to make sure we’re all on the same page. That’s the biggest emphasis for this team all offseason.
“I’m still improving as a leader. I’ve been able to watch film and focus on the areas that I need to work on. There are little stuff that I’m trying to improve on. Anything I can do to help this team win, I will do it.”
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