The two best quarterbacks in the country by a considerable margin faced each other in the College Football Playoff National Championship last season, as Clemson's Trevor Lawrence put together a virtuoso performance to beat Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama. As these two top-tier quarterbacks prepare for years No. 2 and No. 3 respectively, now is the right time to take stock of how their respective college careers are looking at this point.
Tua Tagovailoa vs Trevor Lawrence Stats
During his freshman year, Tua tossed 11 touchdowns against 2 interceptions in relief of Jalen Hurts in the national title game, leading the Tide to a dramatic victory. Last season, he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy after completing 69% of his passes while throwing for 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns, and only 6 picks. He also ran for 190 yards and 5 scores.
While it look Lawrence a month to wrestle the starting job away from Kelly Bryant in Clemson, he still managed to complete 65% of his passes, throw for 3,280 yards, and pile up 30 touchdowns against just 4 interceptions. He added 177 yards and a score on the ground.
Tua Tagovailoa vs Trevor Lawrence Awards
Tagovailoa won the National Championship Offensive MVP as a freshman, but last year was kinder to him from a hardware perspective. In addition to finishing second in the Heisman race and winning the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award, Tua was named SEC Player of the Year, was a First Team All-SEC selection, and a consensus All-American.
Lawrence was a second-team All-ACC player that won ACC Rookie of the Year. He was also MVP of the CFP National Championship game.
Tua Tagovailoa vs Trevor Lawrence Draft Stock
While Lawrence can't become draft-eligible until 2021, as he is just a true sophomore, it is quite possible that he ends up being the No. 1 overall pick that season.
Many believe that Tua is a lock to be the No. 1 pick in 2020, but he has some challengers for the QB1 title this year, namely from Oregon's Justin Herbert.
Tua might be the more accomplished player right now, but all the momentum is firmly on Lawrence's side. He is a defending national champ, after all.