Tua Tagovailoa wins 'Ultimate Herbie' award
Presented annually to the player whom best represents what college football is about both on and off the field, Alabama Crimson Tide junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa received the ‘Ultimate Herbie’ award on Sunday.
College GameDay shared the news on Twitter:
Great player. Great teammate. Great leader.
Tua Tagovailoa wins @KirkHerbstreit's Ultimate Herbie award for 2019 ? pic.twitter.com/4DfxXA69rN
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 15, 2019
Cementing his place in Crimson Tide lore by coming off the bench in the College Football Playoff national championship game against the rival Georgia Bulldogs as a freshman, Tagovailoa nearly captured the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore, narrowly losing out to then-Oklahoma Sooner Kyler Murray.
Picking up right where he left off, the Hawaii native was among the country’s best once again in 2019, throwing for 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions before suffering a season-ending hip injury against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on November 16.
Likely to be a first-round pick if he declares for the NFL Draft, Tagovailoa has continued to mentor redshirt sophomore Mac Jones will handling his rehab.
Jones and No. 13 Alabama will close out their season by battling No. 14 Michigan in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 1 at 1:00PM ET on ABC.