Alabama's Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr. will make Sugar Bowl appearance, but should they?
New York, New York - With the New Year's Six non-semifinal college football bowl games just around the corner, two of the league's top players, Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr., are reportedly expected to take the field in Alabama's Sugar Bowl showdown.
The Crimson Tide will take on Big 12 champions Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Eve at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.
Both Young and Anderson are projected to be first-round picks for the NFL Draft next April, and will give college football fans one last showing to cap off their illustrious collegiate careers.
"I’m doing well," Williams told reporters on his injury status. "Hamstring is doing well. And I am confident that I will be out there."
Playing through injuries in non-CFP bowls is extremely rare in the college football world, particularly when it comes to top NFL prospects like Williams.
Because Williams is only a sophomore, he still has one more season of college play before he is eligible for the NFL Draft.
Should Bryce and Anderson play for the Crimson Tide one last time?
While some fans believe the two athletes should finish what they started and hopefully end things with a Sugar Bowl ring, one former Tide linebacker gave a strong reason for Young and Anderson to both opt-out of the game.
Marvin Constant, a former respected Alabama linebacker, believes Young and Anderson have done enough to earn a career in the NFL.
"Bryce, Will, don’t y’all take y’all a** out there," Constant said Tuesday via The Bama Standard. "Don’t go out there and let nobody fool you and make you think you have to finish this season. You have put enough on your resume to get the next job that you are about to go get."
Constant was seen as one of the most talented players in the SEC in the late 1990s. However, he suffered a severe injury on the last play of a game in 1999, which effectively ended his hopes of earning a spot in the NFL.
Speaking from experience, Constant goes on to say that the chance of acquiring an injury increases in a bowl game, and no player is exempt.
He added: "You have nothing to prove. Will has won the Defensive Player of the Year two years in a row. Bryce has a damn Heisman Trophy. What the hell do they have to prove?"
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