This Tua Tagovailoa kid is pretty good. I think we should keep him. He didn’t throw an interception until the 9th game of the season, a road win over LSU, which was also the first time he had to actually play in the fourth quarter. Along the way, playing mainly in the first halves of games, Tua completed 355 of 455 passes (69%, nice) for 3966 yards, 43 passing touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. He didn’t have a multi-pick game until the SECCG. And, while a testament to his escapability as much the offensive line’s excellent play, he only had one game where he took more than one sack (MSU 4). He chipped in another 5 scores on the ground, rushing 57 times for 190 yards. And, importantly, Tua led a ‘Bama offense that scored almost 50 points per game and became the first team since the 1988 Yale Elis to beat all of its regular season opponents by 20+. While his first half could have gone better against Clemson — to put it mildly — he still had a complete game that would otherwise be quite acceptable against an elite defense: 294 yards, 65% completion percentage, 2 TD, 2 Ints, just one sack taken.
People were impressed, and his trophy case grew fat:
Sporting News College Football Player of the Year; CFPA National Performer of the YearMaxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, National Quarterback Club College Quarterback of the YearHeisman Trophy runner-upFirst-Team All-American
, First-Team All-SEC, Consensus All-AmericanSEC Offensive Player of the Year
SEC (also are school records):
QBR (199.4. Surpassed Baker Mayfield’s 2017 FBS record)Yards per attempt (11.2); yards per play (10.1)Passing TDs in a season (43)Single-season passing yardage (3,966)