Alabama quarterback Bryce Young presents running threat, too

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Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) runs the ball against Tennessee during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Bryce Young is showing why he arrived at Alabama as the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback. The sophomore was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after the 52-24 win over Tennessee on Saturday.

The third-ranked Crimson Tide’s Heisman Trophy front-runner is clearly a passer first and foremost, but he’s also a quick, shifty running threat when necessary. Coach Nick Saban says Alabama doesn’t have designed quarterback runs for Young.

But the sophomore ran for his first two career touchdowns in a 52-24 win over Tennessee ahead of Alabama’s bye week.

Young ran 10 times for 42 yards in the game, including being sacked twice.

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