Alabama football's Bryce Young narrowly defeats Suni Lee for ASWA amateur athlete of the year

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Add one more accolade to Bryce Young's remarkable 2021 season. And this one also signifies a win over Auburn gymnast Suni Lee. 

Young was voted the Alabama Sports Writers Association's amateur athlete of the year, Tuesday. He beat out Lee in "an extremely close" vote by the organization's membership, per ASWA President Christopher Walsh. 

Theodore outfielder Tanner Allen, UA pitcher Montana Fouts and Mobile swimmer Paige Madden were also on the ballot. 

Young won the Heisman Trophy in 2021 after a season in which he threw for 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He led Alabama to the College Football Playoff Championship. 

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Young joins the ranks of Crimson Tide Heisman winners who went on to win the ASWA amateur athlete of the year award. Mark Ingram Jr. (2009), Derrick Henry (2015) and DeVonta Smith (2020) also received the award. 

Lee won a gold medal in the all-around in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, held in 2021 because of COVID-19. She also was the NCAA national champion in the balance beam and finished second in the all-around. 

Some of the other former UA athletes to have won the ASWA award this century are Minkah Fitzpatrick (2017), Jonathan Allen (2016), Amari Cooper (2014), Trent Richardson (2011) and DeMeco Ryans (2005). 

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at nkelly@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly