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

Bryce Young has had the look.

His dad, Craig Young, knows it well. He’s witnessed it before. Several times, in fact, throughout the Alabama football quarterback’s life. And it’s back this offseason.

“I can see that look in his eyes where he’s been so motivated,” Craig said.

It appeared whenever Young spent the duration of an offseason day throwing, working out and lifting. Not traveling or taking a bunch of time off. Just working.

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

Craig saw that in 2016, when his son aimed to beat out the incumbent upperclassman starter even though Young would be only a high school freshman. The two quarterbacks ended up splitting time that year.

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

Then there was 2019. After he threw 39 touchdowns as a junior en route to all-state recognition, Young pushed to get even better. He ended up throwing 58 touchdowns and rushing for 10 his senior year.

The look appeared again in 2021 when Young strived to take advantage of the open Alabama quarterback spot. He ended up winning the Heisman Trophy.

“This,” Craig said, “looks very familiar to those times.”

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