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Bryce Young Named As Alabama Starting Quarterback

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The Alabama Crimson Tide will begin their defense of a national championship this weekend, and they will have a new quarterback under center.

Mac Jones put up record-breaking stats a season ago for the Crimson Tide, but he is now a member of the New England Patriots.

Bryce Young has been named the starting quarterback at Alabama, and he will be under center when the Crimson Tide take on the Miami Hurricanes. Young is a former five-star recruit by the University of Alabama and is a sophomore after spending last season in a backup role.

This won’t be the first time that Young is on the field for the Crimson Tide, as he appeared in nine games a season ago. He has completed 13 of his 22 career passes so far at Alabama but has just one touchdown pass to his credit.

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Young has been working with the first-team offense since the Spring Game at Alabama, but the news didn’t become official until Monday. Even though Young comes into 2021 with only minimal experience, he is still one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy this season.

Another clear sign that Young would eventually be named the starting quarterback at Alabama came early in Training Camp when he was allowed to speak to the media. Saban has a rule against his players speaking to the media until they have clearly been named the starter.

Young has already become one of the biggest names in college football, and he is profiting from the new rules allowing players to make money off their own name, image, and likeness (NIL). Earlier this summer, it was reported that he had already signed over $800,000 in NIL deals.

Naming Jones as the starting quarterback was not a surprising move by Saban, but he did make a stunning announcement at the tight end position. Jahleel Billingsley will start the season as a backup at that position after he has not performed up to his ability in practice.

Tennessee Going With Transfer

The Tennessee Volunteers will begin the 2021 college football season with a new head coach in place, and they are also going to have a new quarterback under center. Josh Heupel is the man in charge of trying to turn the Tennessee football program around.

Heupel announced on Monday that Joe Milton III would be the new starting quarterback at Tennessee after winning the job in practice. Milton was the starting quarterback to begin the 2020 season with Michigan but lost his job midway through the season.

This was a pretty good quarterback competition at Tennessee as Milton was able to beat out another transfer to win the job. Hendon Hooker, a transfer from Virginia Tech, was also considered for the job but will begin the season as the backup.

There is also the chance that the Volunteers will play multiple quarterbacks this season, and that could be the plan of attack on Thursday night. The Tennessee Volunteers will begin the season on Thursday night when they host Bowling Green State University.

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