The Bryce Young era with the Alabama Crimson Tide is off to one promising start.
Young earned his first career start with Alabama in the team’s season opener against the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday, where the Crimson Tide came away with a 44-13 win.
From the opening quarter of the game, Young was cool, calm, and collected as he found his way against a Hurricanes defense dealing with several notable injuries.
In the first half alone, the sophomore quarterback showed why he was one of the top recruits several years ago; he finished 19/27 for 201 passing yards and three passing touchdowns.
For one, Young formed strong chemistry with wide receiver John Metchie III, as he connected with him on an early 37-yard passing touchdown.
Bama gets on the board first 😤 pic.twitter.com/HgLlno2dkj
— ESPN (@espn) September 4, 2021
The second half was more of the same for the new Alabama starting quarterback. He made clean throws in the pocket and often showed off his versatility with key completions while on the run.
Young also made sure to take advantage of coverage mistakes from Miami, which included a 94-yard passing touchdown to wide receiver Jameson Williams.
BAMA 94-YARD HOUSE CALL 🏡 📞 pic.twitter.com/tBC5a1kcpu
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 4, 2021
This performance from Young was quite a historic one as he finished with 344 passing yards and four passing touchdowns on the day against Miami. Both of these figures are the most in Alabama school history for a quarterback making his starting debut.
Bryce Young went off in his first start for @AlabamaFTBL 😤
• 344 pass yds
• 4 pass TD
• 31-point W
That's the most pass TD and pass yds in a starting debut in school history. pic.twitter.com/OW3jKmeaDz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 4, 2021
Even as the Crimson Tide lost multiple key offensive starters from last season’s national championship-winning team, the offense looks to have the potential to finish the campaign averaging over 30-plus points per game. More so, Young sure has plenty of expectations to lead the team to grand success in SEC play over this season.
For now, Young will look ahead to his first career start at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which will come next week in a matchup against Mercer. After that, an early season road showdown against the Florida Gators awaits him on Sept. 18.