How’s this for a morning (somewhat hot) take?
Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer is so confident in Tua Tagovailoa’s ability, which he compares to Aaron Rodgers, that he said, “I honestly could envision an Alabama team that beats everybody 50-3 with Tua as the quarterback.”
Dilfer made these comments during the latest episode of the SDS Podcast with Connor O’Gara.
Here is an excerpt of the conversation, highlighting the praise Dilfer had for Tagovailoa:
“Tua, in my eight years doing this, is the most unique prospect that I’ve ever coached. He can learn faster than anybody I’ve ever seen learn… He can change each rep, he can learn from a mistake, completely correct it and not make the same mistake again. He’s got as unique of a release combined with arm strength that I’ve ever seen. It’s Aaron Rodgers-esque, if not better. (Tua) can play in tight quarters, he can threaten every area of the field.
“Think about how dynamic Alabama can be if you can threaten sideline to sideline, end zone to end zone with the passing game. You already have the five best running backs in the country, the 12 best offensive linemen, the three best wide receivers, the four best tight ends. You know what I mean? You’ve got 37 coaches that they call “analysts.” You have everything. What they haven’t had is the ability to threaten sideline to sideline, end zone to end zone with the passing game. That’s what Tua brings.
“People said that I’m being hyperbolic with this comment, but I think Tua could go through his college career and never lose a game. I think he’s that kind of talent with the right supporting cast. I honestly could envision an Alabama team that beats everybody 50-3 with Tua as the quarterback. I just think he’s that kind of good. I could be wrong, but that’s what I think.”
Judging by what Dilfer had to say, there really isn’t a quarterback competition in Tuscaloosa this offseason. The answer for Nick Saban should be crystal clear.