At Friday night's Heisman trophy ceremony, one of Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, and the betting favorite in Oklahoma's Kyler Murray will enter the most hallowed and exclusive club in college football.
After Georgia nearly took down Nick Saban and the Tide, Tagovailoa, who had the Heisman under lock and key, has since invited Murray and Haskins back into the conversation. Still, the Walter Camp Award winner (which has correctly predicted the last five Heisman winners) has one of the strongest Heisman resumes in recent memory.
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa took home the 2018 Walter Camp award.— ESPN (@espn) December 7, 2018
The last 5 winners of the Walter Camp trophy lifted the Heisman that same season. pic.twitter.com/8QgDPk2303
His raw stats (67.7% completion, 3,353 yards, 37 TD, 4 INT) are impressive in their own right, but they look even better when you consider how he would often leave games early. The Tide's dominance meant he was often out of the game midway through the third quarter. This gave him almost two times fewer snaps as Haskins and far less than Murray.
Offensive snaps this season, Heisman finalists - Dwayne Haskins 962, Kyler Murray 785, Tua Tagovailoa 575— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) December 7, 2018
Alabama has been the best team for the entire season, and Tua has been the straw stirring the Tide's drink.
His unrivaled efficiency in playing time limited only by his sheer dominance paired with the fact he's the most important player on the best squad in the country should clear a path for him to follow in the footsteps of Marcus Mariota and become the second Hawaiian quarterback to win the Heisman.