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Bryce Young dazzles with 6 TDs as Alabama Crimson Tide rolls in opener

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama quarterback Bryce Young opened the Heisman Trophy defense on Saturday and scored six touchdowns in the season opener in a 55-0 win over Utah State.

He joined the Tuata Govairoa as the only player in Alabama history to have six or more touchdowns in a game. Tagovailoa scored his 7th touchdown in 2019 against Ole.

Young completed 18 of 28 pass attempts for 195 yards, 5 touchdowns and no interceptions. All of his passing touchdowns came in the first half.

He also ran for a career-high 100 yards and a touchdown five times. Rush’s career-high was 42 yards against Tennessee last season.

“I just try to do my best for the team, whatever the defense gives me,” Young said of running football. It wasn’t what I was doing.”

Young said he was not used to breaking long runs. He had one run of 60+ yards.

He joked that it was “a new place to make cuts and stuff downfield.”

Young, a junior, is trying to win back-to-back Heisman Trophy for the first time since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin in 1975.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Young missed a few reads in the passing game, but “I thought he played really, really well.”

Saban said Young is doing a good job heading into the season and that his leadership is “amazing”.

“I couldn’t be happier with his performance,” Saban said.

Alabama heads to Texas next weekend. The Longhorns will be led by coach Steve Sarkisian, who served as offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide from 2019-20, including Young’s freshman season.

Two of Young’s touchdown passes against Utah State went to transfer Jermaine Burton.

Alabama has reloaded via the transfer portal this offseason, and not only Burton of Georgia, but also Louisville wide receiver Tyler Harrell, Georgia Tech’s Jermer Gibbs, Vanderbilt offensive lineman Tyler Steen, and LSU defensive back Eli Ricks. Added.

The Crimson Tide will also return linebacker Will Anderson Jr., who won the Bronko Nagurski Award for the best defensive player in college football last season.

Anderson, a potential No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft, made five tackles, including one. He was also rushing quarterback.

Alabama’s 55-0 win represented the largest winning margin in a season opener under Saban. His previous record is 46 points, twice against Western Carolina in 2007 and against USC in 2016.

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