Will Anderson and Bryce Young asked about getting out of the bowl game


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Will Alabama’s Best Players Play in His Bowl Game Next Month?

Kicking off game week in Auburn, both Will Anderson and Bryce Young, two of the country’s best players who are expected to be the top 10 NFL draft picks in April, were asked if they planned to drop out of the Crimson’s bowl Tide out (9-2, 5-2 SEK) will be streaming in late December.

“I haven’t made any decisions yet,” Anderson said Monday. “I’ve just been very focused on this season and on continuing to be a good leader and making sure I show the guys how to do things right here. But it’s a great time here. Playing in Bryant-Denny was fun, so many memories. I just want to keep these memories going. It was fun and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Young added, “When I think about my future, I take everything one day at a time. All I focused on all year was the next opponent and obviously that’s huge. This is a huge game. That means a lot to me, to the people across the country, to us as a team. This is a huge game, so I’m just thinking about today. How can I be the best version of myself today to prepare to put myself in the best of circumstances, how can we do that as a team and that’s just my focus.”

Anderson has recorded 46 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 11 games this season. He ranks first in the SEC and ninth nationally on tackles for loss while his eight sacks are the second-highest in the conference. With 59.0 tackles for loss and 32.5 career sacks, Anderson is currently third and second on Alabama’s career TFLs and sacks lists, respectively. He only needs two tackles to overtake Wallace Giberry (60.5) for second place.

Young has thrown for 2,664 yards, 24 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing 63.8 percent of his passes (210 to 329). The junior, who missed 1.5 games due to a shoulder injury he sustained in Arkansas, ranks among the top five quarterbacks in the SEC in multiple stat categories, including pass attempts per game (32.9, 2nd), passer rating (153.48, 3rd) , passing touchdowns (3rd), passing yards (4th), and passing yards per game (266.4, 4th).

If Anderson does sign off, the tide outside will turn to Dallas Turner and Chris Braswell Supporter. As quarterback, Jalen Milroe stepped in for Young earlier this season as he was dealing with his shoulder injury and was set to do it again. Freshman Ty Simpson will be his backup.

Alabama is expected to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl ahead of the Week 13 games, according to CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm. But an LSU loss to Georgia in next week’s SEC championship game could also send the tide to another Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

The last time an Alabama player chose not to attend a bowl game was the last time the Tide didn’t earn a berth in the college football playoffs. After the conclusion of the 2019 regular season, cornerback Trevon Diggs and linebacker Terrell Lewis were eliminated from the Citrus Bowl by Michigan. Nick Saban explained the advice he gives to those considering exiting three years ago.

“I’m trying to get people to make business decisions about what they’re going to do,” Saban said. “I kind of understand if you’re a good first-round draft pick. The money versus how to protect and insure yourself can make a business decision that the risk is not worth the reward of playing the game. But if you’re not in that position, you have the opportunity to show your talents and try to impress people with the way you play.”

Alabama host Auburn in the regular season finals on Saturday, November 26 at 2:30 p.m

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