Blame AAU basketball, blame the one-and-done generation, blame whatever you want, but what cannot be argued is that there is an international wave taking over the NBA. Increasingly it seems like the best and most influential players in the NBA are from countries and regions outside of the U.S.
Far Fetched Friday: Tua Tagovailoa
It's Friday, which means another far fetched sports prediction.
The way too early prediction for the 2018-19 Heisman trophy winner is Tua Tagovailoa. 8 months on from his miraculous performance for Alabama in the national championship game, Tua is still a bit of an unknown with less than 100 passes thrown so far in his college football career. However, if week 1 is anything to go by, Tua is the real deal and should be the overwhelming Heisman favorite.
Based on Tua's small sample size from last season and Hurt's workload as the starting quarterback in his pass heavy 2016 season, Tua is projected to throw for over 3,000 yards, 55 touchdowns, 600 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. All while leading Alabama to yet another college football playoff appearance.
The issue is Alabama under Nick Saban do not lend themselves to a Heisman trophy winner at the quarterback position due to their preference for a balanced offensive attack and a robust running game. Since Saban took over in 2007, Alabama have reached 6 national championship games but only have two Heisman trophy winners both of which were running backs. 2013 was the only time an Alabama quarterback finished in the top 5 with AJ McCarron losing out to Jameis Winston.
Tua fans should feel confident though, 8 of the last 10 Heisman trophy winners have been quarterbacks and Tua might just be the best quarterback in all of college football. Saban is leaning towards giving Tua the keys and he just might take the Alabama offense to historic heights.
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