Tua Tagovailoa is one of the best quarterbacks in the class of 2017, but will he be better than one of the top throwers in the NFL?
Tagovailoa, MVP of The Opening 7-on-7 last summer and the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in his recruiting class, could be Alabama’s QB of the future. He has one high-profile fan in Trent Dilfer of ESPN and head coach of the Elite 11. The former Super Bowl winner appeared on Tide 102.9 earlier this week, and made a comparison that are going to have Alabama fans pretty excited.
The former NFL quarterback worked out “a lot” with Rodgers when the Green Bay Packers star was in college at California. And, to Dilfer, Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa “throws it better than Aaron Rodgers threw it as a sophomore at Cal-Berkeley.”
“That’s not an exaggeration,” Dilfer added.
Dilfer, the Elite 11 head coach, worked with Tagovailoa last year and says the five-star lefty from Hawaii is “probably the most gifted passer I’ve seen at this age.”
Tagovailoa enters a program that already has a bright young signal caller in Jalen Hurts, who led Alabama to the national championship game and one SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a true freshman last season. Unseating Hurts would be extremely tough, and it seems like a fair bet that Tagovailoa will be considered for a redshirt this season. If Dilfer is on the money, however, Nick Saban could have quite the debate on his hands down the road. Aaron Rodgers, of course, turned out to be a pretty decent quarterback.