By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Alabama Crimson Tide sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be spending this weekend in New York City. Tagovailoa has been named a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Tagovailoa and the others will attend the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday night in the Big Apple. The winner will be announced around 8:50 pm EST on ESPN.
Tagovailoa will join Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray and Ohio Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins at this prestigious event.
He is the first Crimson Tide finalist since Derrick Henry, who won the award in 2015. Henry is one of two winners in school history, as Mark Ingram II also won in 2009.
If Tagovailoa wins the prestigious award, he’ll be the first quarterback to win the award. A.J. McCarron previously finished second in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting.
Since 2009, Alabama has had six players attend this event. Besides Henry and Ingram with their Heisman Trophies — along with McCarron’s second place finish — Trent Richardson finished third in 2011. Amari Cooper also finished third in 2014.
Prior to Ingram II winning, Jay Barker finished fifth in 1994. One year earlier, David Palmer finished third. Terry Davis also finished fifth in 1972.
Johnny Musso also finished fifth in 1971. Lee Roy Jordan also was fourth in 1962. Pat Trammell was fifth in 1961. Harry Gilmer finished fifth in 1945 and 1947. Joe Kilgrow also finish fifth in 1937.
Tagovailoa has one of the best seasons in program history. He even broke McCarron’s passing touchdown record.
This season, he has gone 199 of 294 for 3,353 yards in 13 games. He also has 37 touchdowns and four interceptions.
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