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Sunday, September 23, 2018

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Each top 25 college football team’s most important player

Tua Tagovailoa

The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.

1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB

After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.

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15 best quarterbacks in college football

Tua Tagovailoa Alabama

After a season in which five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, it’s time for a new generation of signal-callers to emerge at the college level. There are a lot of rising stars who deserve attention, as well as some established veterans poised to take their place atop the rankings of collegiate quarterbacks.

Here are the 15 best quarterbacks in college football today.

15) Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech

After a freshman season that saw Jackson throw 20 touchdowns and nearly hit 3,000 yards, it’s fair to say that there’s plenty of room for growth for the sophomore. He’s a dual threat, as evidenced by his six rushing touchdowns, and he’s already been successful at the collegiate level. There’s no reason to think he won’t take another step forward in 2018, which could firmly establish him on the national scene.

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Top 10 2018 Heisman Trophy favorites

Tua Tagovailoa Alabama

Though we’re still months away from the start of the 2018 college football season, spring games and practices are a nice reminder that it’s not too early to begin considering who could contend for the Heisman Trophy. There will be no repeat winner with Baker Mayfield headed to the NFL, and the field looks to be wide open with no clear favorite — and a lot of young upstarts who could potentially vie for the famous trophy.

Here are ten leading candidates. It could be a very good year for running backs.

1) Bryce Love, Stanford

The 2017 runner-up could well end up taking the prize in 2018. He finished second in the nation with 2,118 rushing yards, plus 19 touchdowns. He surprised some by deciding against entering the NFL Draft, but the decision made him a favorite for next year’s Heisman. Stanford returns most of its offense. The big concern for Love is whether he’ll remain healthy considering he battled an ankle injury all season last year. If so, that could result in a huge season for the Cardinal star.

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10 best quarterbacks in college football

Lamar Jackson

College football is loaded with quality quarterbacks. Many will contend for the Heisman Trophy in 2017, including last year’s winner. A good team generally starts with a good quarterback, after all, so the position is of great importance.

Who are the nation’s best quarterbacks? Here is a list of ten who will dominate in the upcoming season.

10) Jalen Hurts, Alabama

Hurts ranks on this list despite not being the most polished passer in the world. He’s very much a work in progress, but to quarterback the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff final in one’s freshman season is no small thing. Alabama reached the title game because of him, too, not in spite of him; Hurts put together some strong performances.

Hurts threw 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 15 games, but he didn’t throw a pick in the SEC Championship or the CFP. He ended up throwing for 2,780 yards and rushing for another 954, making him a valuable dual-threat quarterback. He threw for a score and rushed for another in Alabama’s title game loss to Clemson — the only loss Hurts played in last season.

Hurts is on this list as much for what he will do as what he has done. Only a sophomore, he has a bright future ahead of him, and should be even better in 2017.

9) Josh Rosen, UCLA

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