By Earl Heath
Contributing Sports Writer
It was another big win for Bryce Young as the Alabama quarterback. He came away with one of the biggest honors in sports, the Heisman. He was tutored by his father Craig and played football at Santa Ana Mater Dei and Los Angeles Cathedral High. The bright-eyed soft spoken kid from performed at the highest level as a quarterback for the Crimson Tide.
He becomes the third Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Mater Dei, joining John Huarte in 1961 and Matt Leinart in 2001. The school has a Heisman Lane with just has the first two winners on it.
Young, a sophomore, passed for 4,322 yards and 43 touchdowns this season, leading the top-ranked Crimson Tide to the Southeastern Conference championship and the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. The Tide will face No. 4 Cincinnati on Dec. 31 at the Cotton Bowl. “He impacts players around him by his leadership and preparation,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “For me, I’ve always been someone who’s been labeled as not the prototype,” Young said during his acceptance speech. “Being an African American quarterback and being quote-unquote undersized and not being that prototype. I’ve always been ruled out and kind of doubted. People a lot of times have told me that I wasn’t going to be able to make it. And for me, it’s always been about not really proving them wrong, but proving to myself what I can accomplish.” Another So Cal native who joined Young in New York was Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud starred at Rancho Cucamonga High. The “Super Sophomore” finished the season with 3,862 passing yards to go with 38 touchdowns and an 89.9 QB rating in leading the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record and a Rose Bowl berth against Utah.
“We have to give Glory be to God,” said his mother Kim who was present at the ceremony.
The other nominees were Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, and Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett.