1. QB Tua Tagovailoa, Jr. Alabama
Will there ever be a bigger preseason favorite to win the Heisman?
It never quite works out for guys who are locks to take it – injuries, lesser seasons, a few key losses – but Tagovailoa might be regression-proof.
Will he come up with 11.4 yards per pass with 37 touchdowns and four scores as he helps lead Alabama to the SEC title and the College Football Playoff again? Yeah, probably.
Will he run a bit more after taking off for 190 yards and five touchdowns? Yeah, probably.
If Jalen Hurts doesn’t transfer, will he still be a part of the mix, and will anyone care of Tagovailoa only plays in the fourth quarter once in a while? Yeah, probably, and no, it won’t matter – for both parts of that.
The guy is talented enough to have been the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft if he was eligible, so he’ll just have to settle for another massive year with another ridiculous array of weapons to work with.
The pressure was on Baker Mayfield in 2017 to follow up a huge season with something special. Now that Tagovailoa has a full year of experience, expect the encore to 2018 to be amazing.