HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite not being 100 percent healthy during spring ball and still competing for the starting job under center for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Tua Tagovailoa is already one of the front runners to hoist the Heisman Trophy this fall.
The Crimson Tide quarterback and former Saint Louis star has the third-best odds to win this year's Heisman, according to oddsmakers in Las Vegas. The Westgate SuperBook had Tagovailoa at 10-1 odds to win, tied with Georgia quarterback Jack Fromm.
Stanford running back Bryce Love is the early Heisman Trophy favorite in Las Vegas, followed by Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, listed at 7-1.
In limited action during his freshman season in Tuscaloosa, Tagovailoa threw for 470 yards with a 66 percent completion rate with eight touchdowns to just one interception during the regular season.
Tagovailoa put the country on notice during the national championship game against Georgia when he replaced start Jalen Hurts in the second half, guiding Alabama to an overtime comeback victory.
Despite an injury to his left throwing hand earlier this spring, Tagovailoa is back to throwing the ball without limitation, as highlighted by his workouts with Elite 11 counselors this past week.