TUA TAGO­V­AILOA

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YEAR/PO­SI­TION/SCHOOL: Sopho­more, QB, Alabama BIO: A na­tive of Hawaii, Tago­v­ailoa was a five-star re­cruit who came off the bench to lead a come­back in the na­tional cham­pi­onship game to fin­ish his fresh­man sea­son. Beat out two-year starter Jalen Hurts. KEY STATS: Passed for 3,353 yards and 37 touch­downs against four in­ter­cep­tions. Had a string of 194 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion start­ing in the third quar­ter of Jan­uary’s ti­tle game with Geor­gia. At­tempted only three fourth-quar­ter passes dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son with Alabama build­ing big leads. THE SKINNY: Opened the sea­son as the bet­ting fa­vorite for the Heis­man de­spite not start­ing a game, thanks largely to a per­for­mance in the na­tional ti­tle game that in­cluded the 41-yard win­ning touch­down pass in over­time. Left the SEC cham­pi­onship game in the same At­lanta sta­dium with a high an­kle sprain. In­jured early in the game and again late, it was a rare off­per­for­mance for Tago­v­ailoa.

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