QB Bryce Young of Alabama voted AP Player of the Year

AP_Player_of_the_Year_Football_66880 FILE - Alabama quarterback Bryce Young drops back during the second half of an NCAA college football game Oct. 2, 2021, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Young has been voted The Associated Press college football player of the year.
AP_Player_of_the_Year_Football_26780 FILE - Alabama quarterback Bryce Young celebrates in front of fans as he leaves the field after Alabama defeated Florida in an NCAA college football game Sept. 18, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. Young has been voted The Associated Press college football player of the year.
All-Big_Ten_Football_75085 FILE - Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson rushers against Maryland during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in College Park, Md. Hutchinson was selected to The Associated Press All-Big Ten team in results released Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.
Big_Ten_Championship_Football_82628 Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson celebrates with the trophy after the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Indianapolis. Michigan won 42-3.
Heisman_Finalists_Football_57532 FILE - Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) rushes Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Nov. 27, 2021, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Hutchinson, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Heisman_Finalists_Football_23124 FILE - Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett passes against Wake Forest during the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game Dec. 4, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Pickett and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
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Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is The Associated Press college football player of the year, giving the Crimson Tide their second consecutive winner.

Young received 42 of 53 first-place votes from AP Top 25 voters and 137 points to easily finish ahead of Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (four first-place votes, 67 points) for the AP Player of the Year honor presented by Regions Bank.

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett was third; Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. was fourth; and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was fifth.

Young, Huchinson, Pickett and Stroud are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday in New York.

Later Thursday, during the ESPN College Football Awards show, Young also won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback, and the Maxwell Award as the most outstanding player in college football.

Other winners included Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis, who won the Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player and the Outland Trophy as the most outstanding interior lineman, and Kenneth Walker III of Michigan State, who became the first Spartans player to win the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back.

Walker, who finished sixth in AP player of the year voting, was also named Walter Camp player of the year.

A sophomore and first-year starter, Young passed for 4,322 yards and a school-record tying 43 touchdowns, leading the top-ranked 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.

Young said he felt well prepared for the challenge of leading a program that has set the standard in college football for more than a decade, but nothing speaks louder than performance.

“Settling in and getting to play in different environments, getting to be put in situations, naturally, makes you more comfortable as leaders,” Young told AP. “It’s always about what you do in the offseason, how you carry yourself, but any time you’re able to produce in big moments and you’re able to demonstrate a lot, that’s always a big part, as well. Because leadership is a lot about action.”

Young capped his season with an SEC championship game-record 421 yards passing against Georgia last week.

Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith became the first Alabama player to win AP player of the year in 2020. Young is the 18th quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998.

Young, a Southern California native and former five-star recruit, said the high expectations are what drew him to Alabama and help motivate him.

“You want to live up to the pressure and to the hype of it all,” he said.

Other awards handed out Thursday night:

— Pitt receiver Tre Tipton won the Disney Spirit Award.

— Stanford quarterback Isaiah Sanders won the Wuerffel Trophy for community service.

— Pitt’s Jordan Addison won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver.

— Michigan’s Jake Moody won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best kicker.

— San Diego State’s Matt Araiza took the Ray Guy Award as the best punter.

— Cincinnati cornerback Coby Bryant won the Thorpe Award as the best defensive back.

Before Thursday:

— Georgia’s Nakobe Dean won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.

— Colorado State’s Trey McBride won the Mackey Award for best tight end.

— Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum won the Rimington Award as the best center.

— Arkansas linebacker Grant Morgan won the Burlsworth Trophy as the top player whose career started as a walk-on.

— Hutchinson won the Lombardi Award as the best lineman.

— Anderson won the Nagurski defensive player of the year award.

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AP Player of the Year voting:

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama — 137 points (42 first-place votes).

Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan — 67 (4).

Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt — 41 (2).

Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama — 32 (4).

C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State — 17 (1).

Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State — 13.

Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia — 8.

Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi — 2.

Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati — 1.

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