Alabama football's Bryce Young named Heisman Trophy finalist; Will Anderson Jr. left out

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football has a shot this year at a fourth player in program history being named the winner of the Heisman Trophy in 2021. 

Quarterback Bryce Young has been named a finalist for the award in 2021 alongside Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett, Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson and Ohio State's CJ Stroud. 

The winner will be announced at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 11 on ESPN from the ceremony in New York City. 

Alabama's Will Anderson Jr. was not included in the top four. 

Former Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith won the award in 2020. Running backs Derrick Henry (2015) and Mark Ingram (2009) are the two other Crimson Tide Heisman winners in program history. 

If Young wins, he will be Alabama's first quarterback to take home the Heisman. 

Ohio State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame lead all time with seven Heisman winners each. 

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Young is fresh off a strong performance against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in which he completed 26 of 44 passes for 421 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown against a defense that had given up only nine touchdowns all season. 

Young's 43 passing touchdowns rank second in FBS. Pickett has 42. Stroud has 38. 

Although no Alabama quarterback has won the Heisman before, there have been other finalists at the position. Mac Jones finished third (2020). Tua Tagovailoa finished second (2018), as did A.J. McCarron (2013). 

Anderson Jr. did not make the cut but has 15.5 sacks (1st in FBS), 92 total tackles and zero forced fumbles, according to Alabama's stats. He leads the nation with 32.5 tackles for loss over his 13 games. 

Hutchinson, who was named a finalist, has 13.5 sacks (3rd in FBS), 55 total tackles, two forced fumbles, according to Michigan's stats. He has 15 tackles for loss over his 12 games. 

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