Following a stellar 2018 campaign that saw Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finish 2nd in the Heisman Trophy voting, the Bama signal caller is a top candidate for the 2019 award. In his first full season of duty as the Tide’s primary signal caller, Tagovailoa led Alabama to a 12-0 regular season, SEC Championship Game victory and appearance in the 2018 Season College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Tagovailoa passed for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns vs. a mere 6 interceptions during the 2018 season. The Ewa Beach, Hawaii native also rushed for 190 yards and 5 scores for the 14-1 Crimson Tide. Season highlights included passing for 324 yards and 5 TD’s against Auburn and reaching the a 4 TD passing total five times.
The 2018 Heisman chase was a close one as Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray were clear front-runners throughout most of the season. The Bama quarterback was hoping to become the Tide’s 3rd Heisman winner following in the award-winning footsteps of Mark Ingram in 2009 and Derrick Henry in 2015. In the end, OU’s Murray edged out Tagovailoa in the final Heisman voting.
Final Results to include School, Position and Heisman vote total
Tua Tagovailoa played at St. Louis High School in Honolulu, Hawaii and and was ranked as the state’s number one ranked player for the class of 2017. The 6′-1″ 218-pound quarterback was rated as a 4-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and ESPN. 247Sports ranked him as a 5-star recruit and as the number 1 dual-threat QB in the nation.
Tagovailoa, who played at the same high school as Marcus Mariota flourished under his mentorship. With lots of recruiting attention, the Army All-American chose Alabama over UCLA, Oregon and Colorado among his 17 offers.