Tagovailoa, a sophomore, has thrown 37 landing passes to simply 4 interceptions whereas main the undefeated Crimson Tide to the highest spot within the School Soccer Playoff rankings.
The award’s voters, made up of the 130 Soccer Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports activities data administrators, selected Tagovailoa over three different quarterback finalists — Will Grier of West Virginia, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma Gardner Minshew of Washington State — in addition to Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen.
Tagovailoa is battling to get wholesome in time to face Oklahoma within the
School Soccer Playoff Semifinal on the Capital One Orange Bowl after leaving the SEC championship sport with a excessive ankle sprain.
“I could not put a timetable on this,” Tagovailoa stated of his restoration on SportsCenter after accepting his award. “I am simply making an attempt to get higher day-after-day, and hopefully it feels lots higher main as much as the sport.”
Tagovailoa is simply the second Alabama participant to win the award in its 52-year historical past, after operating again Derrick Henry obtained the respect in 2015.
The previous 5 gamers to win the Walter Camp Award additionally went on to win the Heisman Trophy. This 12 months’s Heisman will likely be introduced Saturday to one in every of three finalists: Tagovailoa, Murray or Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
“As a child you dream of this, successful a Heisman or simply any particular person award normally,” Tagovailoa stated. “I believe it could be superb if I did win it, but when I did not, I imply, we have nonetheless obtained to complete out our season. It isn’t a person sport, it is a workforce sport, and the very best factor I’ve to supply to my workforce is giving all of it I can.”
Tagovailoa will get his Walter Camp Award trophy at a banquet in New Haven, Connecticut, on Jan. 12.