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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 218

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Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa was named the winner of the Maxwell Award.
Tagovailoa landed two Player of the Year Awards during Thursday night's festivities, having earlier picked up the Walter Camp Award. While he did not win the Davey O'Brien -- best QB, which was given to Oklahoma's Kyler Murray -- this was a slam dunk of a night for the sophomore gunslinger. The winner of the Walter Camp has also won the Maxwell in each of the last five seasons, and that person has gone on to win the Heisman each of the last five seasons. That is what we call a 1:1 corollary, friends. Of course, it's not a huge sample, and we'll note in Murray's favor that the Oklahoma signal-caller was earlier today named the AP Player of the Year. By a landslide. Probably needless to say, we're looking forward to Saturday's Heisman announcement. Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins is the third finalist in this equation, but it would be a major surprise if Haskins finishes above third place. Dec 6 - 9:22 PM

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Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa was named the winner of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

The Walter Camp is bestowed annually upon the best overall player in college football. Tagovailoa earns the honor on the strength of a 2018 season in which he threw for 3,353 yards (67.7-percent completions) with a 37/4 TD/INT ratio. He missed out on the AP Player of the Year Award to Oklahoma's Kyler Murray earlier in the day. Those two will be battling it out for the Heisman Trophy come Saturday. Of note, the last five players to win the Walter Camp have gone on to win the Heisman.
Dec 6 - 6:53 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) is on schedule in his recovery from surgery.

Tagovailoa underwent a surgical procedure on his right ankle after getting banged up in the team's SEC Championship Game win over Georgia this past weekend. Saban said that "[t]he procedure they did usually takes two weeks for a guy to have explosive movement" before later adding that the coaching staff has been "pleased with the progress he's made to this point." Tagovailoa has a bit of runway to get completely right (or close to it), as Alabama's Orange Bowl date with Oklahoma will take place on Dec. 29.
Dec 6 - 6:00 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

Tagovailoa takes home the offensive award, Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen takes home the defensive tabs. The Crimson Tide also had five other first-team players, which is no surprise considering how dominant they were in the 2018 campaign. We have a funny feeling this won't be Tagovailoa's last award.
Dec 3 - 1:06 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (right ankle) is only expected to be out two weeks.

He is expected to have a minor procedure that should hold him out for only two weeks. This is great news for the Crimson Tide as their star quarterback looks to have avoided a serious injury and they are slated to play almost four weeks from now in the Orange Bowl on December 29th. This specific timeline gives Tagovailoa enough time to rest up and get in a handful of practices prior to the College Football Playoff matchup. With Tagovailoa at full health, it's difficult to imagine the Crimson Tide being anything less than heavy favorites to bring home the hardware.
Dec 2 - 1:20 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban told reporters after Saturday's victory over Georgia that Tua Tagovailoa should be fine for the postseason after spraining his ankle.

Surprisingly, Saban told reporters that Tagovailoa actually sprained his ankle in the first half, rather than the play that appeared to show him rolling his ankle in the fourth quarter. Jalen Hurts performed admirably for Tagovailoa and led the Crimson Tide to an assured birth in the playoff, but it sounds like the Heisman favorite will be ready to roll on December 29.
Dec 1 - 11:12 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (right ankle) was taken to the locker room on a cart during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Georgia.

After being helped off the field Tagovailoa was taken to the injury tent, where team trainers removed his cleat and sock in order to further evaluate his ankle. The cart was called for shortly thereafter, which isn't a good sign regarding the possibility of the sophomore returning to Saturday's game. Junior QB Jalen Hurts, who Tagovailoa replaced in the second half of last year's national title game win over Georgia, is now leading the Alabama offense.
Dec 1 - 7:20 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) left Saturday's game against Georgia in the fourth quarter after suffering an apparent right ankle injury.

Tagovailoa, who injured his left ankle during the first half, was injured when his right ankle was stepped on by a teammate while he was attempting a pass. The sophomore quarterback was helped off the field by team trainers, with junior Jalen Hurts entering the game as his replacement. Tagovailoa's status will be updated as more information becomes available.
Dec 1 - 7:12 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) returned to Saturday's game against Georgia.

Tagovailoa got rolled up on a sack, and he went into the injury tent to get it taped up. The sophomore quarterback was out there for the next drive, but he was seen back in the injury tent for the second time after the Alabama drive ended. Tagovailoa will try to play though it as he is holding his helmet on the sideline, but Jalen Hurts is there if the injury worsens.
Source: CBS Network
Dec 1 - 4:46 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa (ankle) was taken to the injury tent during the first quarter of Saturday's game against Georgia due to an apparent left ankle injury.

Alabama's first drive of the SEC Championship Game ended with an interception, but that may be the least of the Crimson Tide's concerns. The injury in question may have occurred the play prior to an interception thrown by Tagovailoa, as he landed awkwardly (left ankle) while being sacked. The Heisman Trophy candidate emerged from the injury tent with his left ankle taped, and Alabama can call upon Jalen Hurts or Mac Jones if needed.
Dec 1 - 4:22 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa was named one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Trophy.

Joining Tagovailoa as finalists are Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, West Virginia's Will Grier, Washington State's Gardner Minshew and Kentucky's Josh Allen. Allen is the only non-quarterback on the list. Tagovailoa is going to be nominated -- and the favorite -- for every award he's eligible, as he's put up some of the best numbers in college football for (easily) college football's best team. The award will be announced next Thursday.
Source: ESPN
Nov 28 - 7:25 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa has a passer rating of 140.5 on third-and-fourth down passes in 2018.

That's easily the best passer rating on late downs of any quarterback in college football. Not only has Tagovailoa excelled on third-and-fourth down, he also has the highest passer rating of any quarterback on passes thrown 20-plus yards down the field, just besting Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger's 131.4 rating with a 132.9. Just more numbers that show you what a star the sophomore quarterback is.
Nov 26 - 4:28 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 25-of-32 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns while running for a seven-yard score in Saturday's 52-21 win over Auburn.

Tagovailoa (6'1/218) accounted for two of his six total touchdowns in the first half before seriously turning up the heat after emerging from the locker room for quarters three and four. The golden-armed sophomore fired off a trio of touchdown passes in the third quarter to help Alabama pull away from a game Auburn squad. With this impressive win in the books, the defending champs finished the regular season undefeated at 12-0. Next up on the schedule as they look to conclude their march to the Playoff, a SEC Championship Game bout with Georgia in what will be a rematch of last year's thrilling title game.
Nov 24 - 7:28 PM

Alabama sophomore Tua Tagovailoa, West Virginia senior Will Grier and Oklahoma redshirt junior Kyler Murray are the three finalists for the Maxwell Trophy.

No Dwayne Haskins and no Garner Minshew, but it's tough to argue with these three finalists. Tagovailoa and Murray should be considered the favorites, as they're also the favorites right now for the Heisman Trophy. The Maxwell Award goes to the best overall player in the groups' eyes. Baker Mayfield won the award in 2018.
Nov 19 - 4:31 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 18-of-22 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 50-17 win over The Citadel.

Tagovailoa also added 37 yards and a touchdown on the ground. This will go down on paper as a blowout, but heading into halftime this was a tie ballgame at 10 apiece. That changed quickly as Alabama scored four touchdowns in the third quarter. Citadel dominated in time of possession as they went with a run-centric gameplan and their only two pass attempts of the day came from Brandon Rainey. Tua's touchdown passes came from 68, five, and seven yards out. He continues to be one of the most efficient and explosive quarterbacks in the country and the Heisman front-runner. The Crimson Tide host Auburn before their matchup with Georgia in the SEC championship game.
Nov 17 - 4:04 PM