Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa wins Walter Camp Player of the Year

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It’s going to be one tight battle between Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa for this year’s Heisman trophy.

Murray is seen as the betting favorite to come away with the nation’s top individual honor. He was also just named the Associated Press Player of the Year.

But in an interesting turn, Tagovailoa was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year Thursday evening.

“The award’s voters, made up of the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, chose Tagovailoa over three other quarterback finalists — Will Grier of West Virginia, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, Gardner Minshew of Washington State — as well as Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen,” ESPN noted.

The past five players to win this specific award ultimately ended up hoisting the Heisman in New York City the following weekend. That’s certainly the biggest story here.

Tua has put up 37 touchdown passes compared to four interceptions en route to leading Alabama to a perfect 13-0 record and a spot in the College Football Playoff. His Crimson Tide will take on Murray and the Sooners in the semifinals later this month.