The analyst believes the Alabama quarterback will live up to the hype.
Trent Dilfer is ready to make his 2018 Heisman Trophy pick.
The former NFL quarterback-turned analyst has seen enough from Alabama freshman Tua Tagovailoa to believe that he’ll win college football’s most-prestigious award next season.
Dilfer made his pick during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday.
“I think he’ll win the Heisman next year,” Dilfer said, per 247Sports’ Brad Crawford. “Everyone’s going to say, ‘That’s hyperbole. Dilfer raving about an Elite 11 kid.’ I got a bunch of Elite 11 kids. Jake Fromm was an Elite 11 kid. I think this kid (Tagovailoa) is as special as any kid since Jameis Winston. Because he’s at Alabama — because he’ll have to compete this spring no matter what. Nick’s going to demand it, and he’s going to continue to get better. Because they’ll now run an offense that makes sense and threatens all parts of the field.
“The runners will be better because they’ll have lanes to run in. The offensive line will be better. They’ll convert more third downs, and their defense will be better. Alabama will be the best team in the country, and he’ll be the best player on the best team in the country.”
Dilfer had worked with Tagovailoa before at his Elite 11 camp for high school’s top quarterbacks. The former NFL quarterback had previously called Tua “probably the most gifted passer I’ve seen at this age.”
Alabama will likely start the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the country with Tagovailoa named as a Heisman Trophy frontrunner. Good luck living up to all of that hype.