The Alabama quarterback was announced Monday as one of three finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy Award and will join Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in NY for Saturday night's trophy presentation.
There wasn't much intrigue for the announcement of the Heisman Trophy finalists.
Murray replaced last year's Heisman victor, Baker Mayfield, for the Sooners and has been just as good.
The Heisman Trophy victor will be announced Saturday night, December 8 in New York City.
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Haskins will likely finish third in the Heisman voting behind either Murray or Tagovailoa.
Those projections come after Murray jumped ahead of Tagovailoa during Championship Week. Haskins was the single-season Big Ten passing leader and threw for 396 yards and six touchdowns against MI to push the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title. Meanwhile, Tagovailoa had the worst game of his career during Alabama's SEC Championship win against Georgia. He needs 108 rushing yards to become just the second player in FBS history to throw for at least 4,000 and run for at least 1,000 in a season (Clemson's DeShaun Watson did it in 2015 with 4,109 passing and 1,105 rushing in 15 games).
No. 4-ranked OU, which behind Murray leads the nation in points per game (49.5), yards per game (577.9) and yards per play (8.7; FBS record is 8.6), will make its 52nd bowl appearance when it takes on No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 29 at 7 p.m. CT. "Maybe the most productive for the time that he played... To me, after being around him it might be easy for me to say that, how special of a player he is, but to me it's obvious". The 4,580 passing yards blew away the old Ohio State record set by Joe Germaine in 1998 with 3,330 yards, as did his touchdown passes.
The Allen, Texas, product has completed 241 of 340 passes this year for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Murray also tallied 892 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Passing: 348/496 (70.2 percent), 4,580 yards, 47 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 175.77 passer rating.