It might not be a question you'd toss at Nick Saban during a scheduled press conference, but it's one that is worth discussing as the 2018 season approaches.

Is Tua Tagovailoa the Heisman favorite this season?

The question might be a bit premature. The guy hasn't even started a game as a college quarterback and only totaled 77 pass attempts a year ago with most of those coming in mop-up duty.

But you know what everyone remembers? That second half comeback against Georgia in which Tagovailoa threw for 166 yards and three touchdowns against one of the nation's best defense's to help Alabama avoid consecutive losses in the national championship game. And they should. It was one of the most improbable and incredible performances in the recent memory.

Seven months later, the sophomore is competing against Jalen Hurts for the starting spot against Louisville in the season opener. While neither Saban or offensive coordinator Mike Locksley have tipped their hand about who is leading, most people assume Tagovailoa has the upperhand. He's actually the betting favorite to take the first snap of the season.

With the expectation that he'll be Alabama's quarterback in 2018 and the amount of weapons he has surrounding him in that offense, Tagovailoa is trending upwards in the Heisman conversation. So much so that he's actually the co-favorite to win the prestigious award along with Bryce Love at Stanford per Bovada. If he actually pulled it off and won the award this December - which would be the school's third winner in 10 years - it would be one of the fastest rises to stardom and put him in some elite company at his position.

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