Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Will Alabama’s best players play in next month’s bowl game?
To kick off Auburn’s game week, Will Anderson and Bryce Young, two of the best players in the country who are expected to be among the top 10 picks in the NFL in April, were asked if they plan to opt out of any bowl in the Crimson Tide (9-2 , 5-2 SEC) will be played in late December.
“I haven’t made any decisions yet,” Anderson said Monday. “I’ve just been focused on this season and continuing to be a good leader and making sure I show the guys the right way of how to do things here. But it’s a great time here. Playing at Bryant-Denny was fun, lots of memories. I just want to keep those memories. It was fun, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”
Young added, “As far as I think about my future, I take it all one day at a time. So all I’ve focused on all year has been the next challenger, and obviously that’s huge. This is a huge game. It means a lot to me, to people in the whole state, to us.” As a team. This is a huge game, so all I think about is today. How can I be the best version of myself today to prepare to put myself in the best conditions, how can we as a team do that, and that’s all I focus on.”
Anderson has recorded 46 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks over 11 games this season. He ranks first in the SEC and ninth nationally in tackles for loss, while his eight sacks are second in the conference. With 59.0 tackles for loss and 32.5 sacks for a career, Anderson currently ranks third and second on the Alabama TFLs and work sacks lists. He needs only two tackles for loss to pass Wallace Giberi (60.5) for second place.
Young threw for 2,664 yards, 24 touchdowns and only four interceptions while completing 63.8 percent of his passes (210-for-329). The youngster, who missed 1.5 games due to a shoulder injury he suffered at Arkansas, ranks among the SEC’s top five quarterbacks in several statistical categories, including pass attempts per game (32.9, second), passer rating (153.48, 2). III), touchdown passes (third), passing yards (fourth) and passing yards per game (266.4, fourth).
If Anderson does indeed drop out, the Tide will switch to Dallas Turner and Chris Braswell on the outside “Supporter. As for the quarterback, Jalen Melroe played Young earlier this season when he dealt with a shoulder injury and should be up again. Freshman Ty Simpson will be his backup.
Prior to the Week 13 games, Alabama is currently expected to play in the Orange Bowl against Clemson, according to CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm. But LSU’s loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game next week could send the tide to another Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
The last time an Alabama player chose not to play in a bowl game was the last time the Tide did not earn a College Football Playoff berth. After the conclusion of the 2019 regular season, Trayvon Diggs and linebacker Terrell Lewis withdrew from the Citrus Bowl against Michigan. Three years ago Nick Saban explained the advice he gives to those considering quitting.
“I try to get the guys to make business decisions about what they’re going to do,” Saban said. “I kind of get it if you’re a first-round frontrunner. Paying for how you can protect and insure yourself might make a business decision that the risk isn’t worth the reward of playing the game. But if you’re not in that mode, you have a chance.” To showcase your talents and try to impress people with how you play the game.”
Alabama will host Auburn in the team’s regular season finale on Saturday, November 26 at 2:30 p.m.
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