Alabama Crimson Tide QB Bryce Young surprised teammate Will Anderson was not among the finalists in the Heisman Trophy


Count Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Bryce Young were surprised that teammate Will Anderson Jr. was not among the four finalists for the award.

“I definitely think he deserves it,” Young told reporters on Tuesday. “When you look at the numbers, you look at the production, I definitely think he deserves to be there. It’s unfortunate that he won’t be there.”

In addition to Anderson’s 92 tackles, he leads the country in both tackles for loss (32.5) and sacks (15.5). On Monday he won the Nagurski Award, which is given to the best defensive player in college football.

Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson, who was among the four Heisman finalists on Monday, has 55 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks.

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Anderson called Hutchinson a “hell player” and congratulated him on his consideration for the award. He also reiterated that his focus is on winning a national championship.

Also, Anderson said, “Bryce is here. We are right now.”

“I have nothing to prove to anyone,” said Anderson. “It’s all I do. Nobody has higher expectations of me. … I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing all season.”

Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams also said he would have liked to see his teammate given more consideration for Heisman.

“I think he more than deserves a place in New York,” said Williams. “Will had one of the best seasons I’ve ever seen with a defensive player.”

The last defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy came in 1997 when Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, who also returned punts and spent some time on the receiver, took the award home with him.

Ohio State Chase Young became the last defensive player to be named a Heisman finalist in 2019 when he had 46 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks.

In addition to Young and Hutchinson, the other Heisman finalists this season are Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett and Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud.

Young is the betting favorite with odds of -4000 at Caesars Sportsbook, followed by Hutchinson with 20-1. Stroud and Pickett are 30-1 each.

Young, a sophomore, vies to become the first Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman after scoring 46 touchdowns (three rushings) with just four interceptions this season.

The opportunity, Young said, is “something I don’t take for granted.”

“To even get the chance to see an achievement like this, I’m really grateful to be in the position I am.”