Alabama’s Bryce Young has a look that should resonate with college football

Bryce Young had the look.

His father, Craig Young, knows it well. He’s seen it before. Several times in the life of the Alabama football quarterback, in fact. And it’s back this off-season.

“I can see that look in his eyes that motivated him so much,” Craig said.

It appeared whenever Young spent the duration of an off-season day throwing, training, and lifting weights. Not traveling or taking a lot of time. Just working.

“I’ve seen him do that before,” Craig said. “And I know what that means.”

Craig saw that in 2016 when his son looked to beat the reigning senior high school starter even though Young would only be a freshman in high school. The two quarterbacks split that year.

November 6, 2021;  Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) works to focus before the game with LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Then there was 2019. After throwing 39 touchdowns en route to state recognition as a junior, Young was keen to do even better. He ended up throwing 58 touchdowns and rushing for 10 in his senior year.

The look reappeared in 2021 as Young struggled to take advantage of open quarterback space in Alabama. In the end he won the Heisman Trophy.

“That,” Craig said, “sounds very familiar to me at the time.”

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