Bryce Young

It’s safe to say that Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young did not have his best performance against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, but that didn’t stop him from impressing some NFL scouts with the way he played down the stretch in the team’s victory.

Young, the defending Heisman Trophy winner, went 27-for-39 for just 213 yards and a touchdown through the air, doing most of his damage on short passes on Saturday afternoon. His Alabama Crimson Tide managed just 20 points against the Texas defense.

Still, Young was able to close out the game with two impressive late-game drives – one for a go-ahead touchdown and one to set up an eventual go-ahead field goal. And according to Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, his nerves at the end of the game impressed a longtime NFL scout in attendance.

“Texting with longtime NFL scout who was at Alabama/Texas game on Saturday. Asked him what his main takeaway was. His reply: ‘The QB (Bryce Young) has the right nervous system.’ Well said,” Nagy Tweeted on Monday morning.

Young entered the season as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. While he didn’t put up the gaudy numbers the college football world has become accustomed to, he made the plays necessary to get his team the victory. And NFL scouts appreciated that.

[Jim Nagy]