Will Iron Bowl be the last game for Bryce Young, Will Anderson Jr. with Alabama football? What did they say

The Iron Bowl could be quarterback Bryce Young and linebacker Will Anderson Jr.’s last game with the Crimson Tide.

With Alabama football all but eliminated from the College Football Playoff, a bowl season is an option. Especially for players who are considered top 10 picks like Young and Anderson.

It’s only the second time the Crimson Tide have found themselves in this situation since the CFP began in 2014. The last time was 2019, and Trevon Diggs and Terrell Lewis were the only two veterans selected out of the Citrus Bowl . He also wasn’t projected to be a top pick like Young or Anderson.

The two were asked on Monday what their plans are ahead of the game between No. 8 Alabama (9-2, 5-2 SEC) and Auburn (5-6, 2-5) Saturday (2:30 p.m., CBS) at Bryant. -Denny Stadium.

Young said he is focused on the here and now.

“As far as anything in my future, I take everything one day at a time,” said Young, who won the Heisman Trophy last season. “I’m not focusing on during the year on the other opponent. Obviously this is huge. This is a huge game. This means a lot to me, to people in the whole state. For us as a team. It’s a game this. a huge game. all I think about is today. how can I be the best version of myself today? to be ready to put myself in the best situations. how can we as a team to do that. That’s all my head is focused on.”

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Anderson said he hasn’t made any decisions yet. Both are juniors but could declare early for the NFL Draft.

“I’ve just been focused on this season,” Anderson said. “Continue to be a good leader, making sure I’m showing guys the right way on how to do things around here. It’s been a great time here. Playing at Bryant-Denny was fun. So many memories . I just want to keep those memories going. It was a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

Coach Nick Saban has discussed in the past how he would respect and understand decisions to opt out in this situation.

“I get it if you’re a high first-round pick — (weighing) the money (available) and how you can protect and insure yourself — you can make a business decision that says the risk isn’t worth the reward . playing in the game,” Saban said in 2019. “But if you’re not in that position, you have a chance to show your talents and impress people with how you play in the (bowl) game. I told those people, and it’s their choice.”

This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama Football: Is it an Iron Bowl for Bryce Young, Will Anderson Jr.?

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