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Tua Tagovailoa Somehow Not Included as 1st-Team All-American by Sporting News

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Someone at the Sporting News clearly has a Clemson bias.

On Wednesday, the Sporting News released their 2019 preseason College Football All-American team, and Alabama Crimson Tide players Jerry Jeudy and Dylan Moses were both named to the first-team. However, Alabama's most high-profile player was notably missing.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence took the first-team honors over Heisman Trophy finalist Tua Tagovailoa, who earned second-team honors. This is likely due to the fact that Lawrence bested Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide in the National Championship Game.

Just because Lawrence beat Tua in the title game doesn't mean that he deserves first-team honors over him. In 2018, Lawrence put together 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, and finished with a 157.6 passing efficiency rating. Tua, on the other hand, finished with an absurd 3,966 yards with 43 touchdowns and six interceptions to go with a 199.4 passing efficiency rating.

How was Trevor better than Tua in the eyes of Sporting News?

Tagovailoa was clearly more deserving of first-team honors. Yes, Lawrence beat him in the last game of the season, but he didn't have a better overall season than Tua. It just doesn't make sense.