Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa did not start a single game as a true freshman last season, but after his heroics in the second half of the national championship hype, he is the center of a good deal of preseason hype.
The former five-star prospect is still battling for the starting job in 2018 with incumbent starter Jalen Hurts (though he is expected to win the job), but that hasn't stopped experts from projecting him to be one of the best players in the entire country.
According to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Tagovailoa has been given 10:1 odds to win the Heisman this season, which his tied for the second-best odds.
Stanford running back Bryce Love, last year's Heisman runner-up, is listed as the favorite with 5-1 odds. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor is tied for second with Tagovailoa at 10:1 odds while Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert were given 14:1 odds.
Several more favorites are listed with 20:1 odds, including Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidhman, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, Georgia running back D'Andre Swift, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson,Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley, Washington quarterback Jake Browning, and West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.
All of those players are returning starters except for Murray, Patterson (who started six games for Ole Miss in 2017), and Swift, all of whom are also former five-star recruits.
Tagovailoa did appear in eight games for the Tide last season, completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 636 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions.
He passed for 166 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in the national title game.Back to the Alabama Crimson Tide Newsfeed