To say former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer likes Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa may be an understatement. He’s downright infatuated with the upside of the Crimson Tide sophomore who once played for him as a prep prospect during the Elite 11 quarterback competition.
Dilfer, who is the quarterback coach for the Elite 11 and regularly is exposed to the elite talent entering the college game, made the boldest of predictions on the future of Tagovailoa in Tuscaloosa during a recent interview with Saturday Down South’s Connor O’Gara.
He said he could see going through his entire college career without losing a game. Seriously– zero losses.
“People said that I’m being hyperbolic with this comment, but I think Tua could go through his college career and never lose a game,” Dilfer told O’Gara. “I think he’s that kind of talent with the right supporting cast. I honestly could envision an Alabama team that beats everybody 50-3 with Tua as the quarterback. I just think he’s that kind of good.”
That not bold enough for you? Oh, there’s so much more.
Dilfer explained why he believes the combination of Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide could be so lethal for SEC and national opponents alike.
“He can change each rep, he can learn from a mistake, completely correct it and not make the same mistake again,” Dilfer told Saturday Down South. “He’s got as unique of a release combined with arm strength that I’ve ever seen. It’s Aaron Rodgers-esque, if not better. [Tua] can play in tight quarters, he can threaten every area of the field.
“Think about how dynamic Alabama can be if you can threaten sideline to sideline, end zone to end zone with the passing game. You already have the five best running backs in the country, the 12 best offensive linemen, the three best wide receivers, the four best tight ends. You know what I mean? You’ve got 37 coaches that they call “analysts.” You have everything. What they haven’t had is the ability to threaten sideline to sideline, end zone to end zone with the passing game. That’s what Tua brings.”
Is there any question who Dilfer is picking in the ongoing quarterback battle between Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts?
The upside Tagovailoa possesses is what is driving many to predict that Nick Saban will ditch Hurts as the team’s starting quarterback in spite of leading the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national title game appearances during his first two seasons on campus. That’s a tough break, but that’s life within the most elite college football program in the country.