Age vs. Experience: how Alabama’s Bryce Young stacks up against Miami’s D’Eriq King
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
The past few years, Alabama’s QB roster has been nothing but impressive with Hurts, Tagovailoa and Jones dominating the position. This season, all eyes will be on sophomore Bryce Young to see if he can rise to the top-notch Crimson Tide QB standard that his former teammates have set. His first test to prove him will come at kickoff, to see if he can outshine Miami’s dual-threat senior D’Eriq King.
Confident and Dynamic: two words that have been used frequently to describe Alabama’s starting quarterback Bryce Young. The 5-star recruit from Pasadena, CA was ranked second overall in the 2020 recruiting class and has already earned accolades even before his first start, such as A-Day MVP. Although he has had little time to show his strengths at the collegiate level, his talent alone has impressed his coach, teammates, and other programs already.
“Obviously, with Bryce Young, they’ve got a special young quarterback, number one guy in the country, quick release, strong arm, really good mobility, a little different element than they had a year ago with a quarterback’s legs. It’s quite a challenge for us,” said Manny Diaz, Miami head coach.
While Young has already gained high celebrity status with only nine game appearances, his opponent in this evening’s opener, D’Eriq King, is starting his sixth season as a college football quarterback.
“You’ve got a quarterback who has great ability to scramble, extend plays, make plays scrambling, throwing as well as running. That adds another element to it, he certainly does that extremely well,” said Coch Nick Saban.
This will be the redshirt senior’s second season with the Hurricanes since he transferred from Huston following the 2019 season. King, a dual-threat on the field, has racked up over 10,000 yards in total offense and 32 total TDs in his career. With Alabama’s highly athletic defense that was responsible for 17.5 sacks last year, this is bound to be a great matchup.
Although King has significantly more snaps under his belt than Young, King is not the top dog when it comes to NIL deals. Young was one of Alabama’s most “sought after” prospects in the modern recruiting era, combine that with over a million dollars in endorsements and his reputation already speaks for itself going into his first start for the Tide.