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Bryce Young Praised by CFB Twitter as Alabama Coasts Past Auburn to Win Iron Bowl

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVNovember 27, 2022

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) scores a touchdown against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
AP Photo/Vasha Hunt

Bryce Young made it count in what might have been his final Iron Bowl.

No. 7 Alabama took down Auburn 49-27 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to finish the regular season at 10-2 and perhaps keep its slim hope of reaching the College Football Playoff alive.

The Crimson Tide were cruising 35-14 by halftime and generated 516 total yards for the day. Young finished 20-of-30 for 343 yards, three touchdowns and an interception through the air, along with 48 yards and one score on the ground.

This was one of the more inconsequential Iron Bowls in recent years since Alabama doesn't control its own destiny in the CFP race. But it was still great to see Young put together one more monster game in what might have been his regular-season farewell.

Jerry Hinnen @JerryHinnen

this game would be a lot more fun if Bryce Young wasn't so infuriatingly good

Jayde Saylor @JaydeSaylor

We are really, really (really) going to miss u Bryce Young

John Talty @JTalty

He won't repeat as the Heisman winner, but Bryce Young is still the best QB in college football.

Thor Nystrom @thorku

If I need a quarterback in April, it's pretty simple.<br><br>Bryce Young or bust.

Jacoby Ford @JacobyFord12

Bryce young Pocket awareness is amazing. That’s how you escape a d-line rush consistently

JP Acosta @acosta32_jp

Bryce Young is just unreal

Nicole Auerbach @NicoleAuerbach

Bryce Young, still terrific. Alabama pulling away now.

Young has another year of eligibility remaining, but he's widely considered one of the two best draft-eligible quarterbacks alongside Ohio State's C.J. Stroud. He was projected to go third overall to the Carolina Panthers in Bleacher Report's mock draft.

The defending Heisman Trophy winner's raw numbers aren't where they were in 2021, but that reflects his supporting cast more than it points to him taking a step backward. Without him, Alabama might be a nine-win team or worse.

College fans will hope to watch Young one more time, whether it be in a bowl game or even next season, however unlikely the latter option might be. In the event he walks away from Alabama now to focus on the draft, it might be the Jalen Milroe show for the Tide's bowl contest.