Super Bowl winning QB Trent Dilfer on Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa: 'He'll win the Heisman next year'
You know the feeling when you just can’t stop talking about something or someone because you’re so passionate about the subject?
Well, that’s Trent Dilfer and QBs. Specifically, the Super Bowl winner loves Alabama freshman signal caller Tua Tagovailoa.
Since retiring from the NFL, Dilfer transitioned into being an analyst and an Elite 11 QB coach. The Elite 11 annually invites the most prestigious group of high school QBs to compete against one another. So, Dilfer gets an early in-depth look at the next wave of college QBs before most.
Tagovailoa turned into a superstar overnight after leading Alabama back from a 13-0 halftime deficit Monday night to defeat Georgia 26-23 in the National Championship Game. Nick Saban essentially threw him into the fire not having played significant minutes all season because the Tide needed a passing game. Well, he delivered with an epic performance.
The 2000 season Super Bowl winner joined The Rich Eisen Show Wednesday to discuss Tagovailoa, one of his most prized pupils and former Elite 11 member, and he just couldn’t stop raving about him.
“Probably the most special kid I’ve been around for a bunch of different reasons,” Dilfer stated. “He’s wildly talented. So, let’s start there.
“You can check every box off in terms of traits except height. He’s only about six feet tall, at best maybe. But he’s strong; he’s fast; he’s quick; he’s got an Aaron Rodgers-type stroke; the ball spins; he can change speed; he’s got quick eyes. He’s got everything you would ever want for a quarterback, except the NFL height.”
After gushing about Tagovailoa for a few minutes, Dilfer offered up a bold prediction for the young QB in 2018. Mind you, Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts will battle for the starting position this spring and, potentially, on into fall camp.
“I think he’ll win the Heisman next year,” Dilfer said.
“Everyone’s going to say, ‘That’s hyperbole. Dilfer raving about an Elite 11 kid.’ I got a bunch of Elite 11 kids. Jake Fromm was an Elite 11 kid … I think this kid (Tagovailoa) is as special as any kid since Jameis Winston. Because he’s at Alabama — because he’ll have to compete this spring no matter what. Nick’s going to demand it, and he’s going to continue to get better. Because they’ll now run an offense that makes sense and threatens all parts of the field. The runners will be better because they’ll have lanes to run in. The offensive line will be better. They’ll convert more third downs, and their defense will be better. Alabama will be the best team in the country, and he’ll be the best player on the best team in the country.”