Tua Tagovailoa should be the winner of the 2018 Heisman, and there really isn't a close second. The sophomore quarterback has been the catalyst for Nick Saban and Alabama's domination of the SEC. He's the best player in the country.
Let's not confuse "best" with "valuable". Tua is amazing, but he's nowhere near as valuable as some other college football stars.
With his clearly less-talented backup, Jalen Hurts, starting the last two seasons, Bama got to two national championships, winning one. Their conveyer belt of NFL talent at every position outside of quarterback helped them reach championship games with Greg McElroy, AJ McCarron, and Jacob Coker.
If you look at Will Grier at West Virginia, or even a non-QB like Jonathan Taylor at Wisconsin, their team's success is incredibly predicated on their own personal accolades. If they have a bad game (Grier vs Iowa State, Taylor vs Northwestern), it's an automatic loss. Their backups (Jack Allison at WVU, Taiwan Deal at Wisconsin), don't inspire tons of confidence.
This pass gives Will Grier a career-high 494 pass yards and 4 TDs...— ESPN (@espn) November 24, 2018
That was in only 3 quarters pic.twitter.com/qDdxuKDMTt
Enjoy Tua's sparkling sophomore season, but don't forget the near-perfect situation he is in with Alabama.