What Nick Saban said about Bryce Young, other quarterbacks in Alabama football spring practice

Teddy Couch
The Tuscaloosa News

Improvement is what Alabama football coach Nick Saban is wanting to see from his team in the spring.

It sounds like that's what he's getting from his quarterbacks.

Sophomore Bryce Young is the only player in the quarterback room with college experience. And it's not much. 

Young saw limited time in nine games in 2020. He was 13 of 22 for 156 yards with one touchdown. His first career touchdown pass was to DeVonta Smith against Kentucky.

"We wanted to play Bryce a lot more than he got to play last year," Saban said. "I think the situation and circumstances, playing 10 SEC games, being in the SEC Championship Game and in the playoffs, we didn't get as much time to do that as we have in the past with developing quarterbacks."

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Along with his limited playing time, Young did see a lot of reps at practice last season. Spring practice is giving him those reps.

"He's much more confident," Saban said. "I think he's doing very well."

Sophomore Paul Tyson and freshman Jalen Milroe are the other two quarterbacks going through spring practice.

"Paul has made a tremendous amount of improvement," Saban said.

Saban believes Milroe, an early enrollee, has "a lot of upside."

"Right now we have to work on his fundamentals and his technique," the coach said. "But he's really got a lot of ability. We are going to try to continue to work with him to develop him. See if he can have a role on the team." 

Reach Gadsden Times reporter Teddy Couch at teddy.couch@gadsdentimes.com or via Twitter, @Teddy_Couch.