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Analyst Names College Football's No. 1 QB For 2019

A closeup of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 17: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in action against the Citadel Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The quarterback position will be pretty loaded in college football during the 2019 season, with several star players set to return behind center.

Which quarterback will be the best in the country?

Athlon Sports has made its pick.

It's not Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. It's not Georgia's Jake Fromm, either.

It's Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa.

1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

After leading a second-half comeback against Georgia to win the 2018 national title, Tagovailoa edged Jalen Hurts to win a high-profile quarterback battle in Tuscaloosa. The Hawaii native certainly lived up to the hype and then some in his first full year as the starter. Tagovailoa started all 15 games and accounted for 3,966 passing yards and 43 scores (both single-season records at Alabama). He tossed only six picks over 355 attempts, completed 69 percent of his throws, earned Athlon Sports first-team All-America honors and added another 190 yards and five scores on the ground. Tagovailoa finished second in the Heisman race last fall and another trip to New York is likely in store as the leader for the Crimson Tide’s high-powered offense.

Tagovailoa has been incredible for Alabama through two seasons, but there are likely a lot of people in the college football world who prefer Lawrence.

The Alabama quarterback is coming off an injury-riddled season, too.

Nick Saban said he needs to challenge himself to get past it.

"Tua has to challenge himself to get back. Being hurt was an issue at end of (last) season. He has to challenge himself to get back into great shape. He should take the perception he has a lot to prove - as do all of us - relative to how the season ended," Saban said last month.

You can bet on Tua being up to the challenge.

Alabama begins its 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Duke.