Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QB
It’s relatively unprecedented for a player to head into the season as a ‘Heisman favorite’ after having little to no playing time the year before, but Tua Tagovailoa made the most of his brief stint in the 2017 National Championship Game for Vegas to put him atop some preseason lists.
Tagovailoa’s 2018 Heisman campaign is backed by more than just an epic comeback win which included a game-winning 41-yard TD pass to Devonta Smith in OT. ‘Tag’ was the 3rd-ranked dual-threat QB two years ago according to Rivals. Alabama will be returning four starters from their offensive line as well as reliable RB Damien Harris. Most importantly, he proved that no stage is too big for the 6’1″ southpaw.
Once again Alabama figures to be at the forefront of the National Championship landscape. So once again Heisman praise will follow for their best player and most dynamic offensive weapon. Tagovailoa’s biggest restriction may be his teammate, Jalen Hurts, who has proven to be more then capable of leading the ‘Tide’ to big-time wins if production slacks in the slightest at the QB position.