Alabama's Tagovailoa, Jeudy, Quinnen Williams capture awards
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams were honored Thursday night with prominent postseason awards.
Tagovailoa was named winner of the Walter Camp Award, given annually to the top player in college football. Jeudy took home the Biletnikoff Award, signifying the best receiver. And Quinnen Williams was honored with the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's best interior lineman.
Tagovailoa was selected over four other finalists: quarterbacks Will Grier of West Virginia, Gardner Minshew of Washington State and Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen.
The past five Walter Camp winners have gone on to win the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded Saturday. Tagovailoa, Murray and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins are the finalists.
A sophomore, Tagovailoa has thrown 37 touchdown passes and been intercepted four times for the Crimson Tide, who are undefeated and the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.
Tagovailoa was announced as the award winner during the Home Depot College Football Awards show held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
After undergoing left ankle surgery earlier this week, following an injury sustained last weekend in the Southeastern Conference championship game, Alabama flew him to Atlanta via private plane. He was accompanied by Jeff Allen, the school's associate athletic director for sports medicine, who brought along rehab equipment, ESPN reported. They will take the plane to the New York City area on Friday to attend the Heisman Trophy festivities.
Earlier this week, coach Nick Saban said his quarterback should be able to practice again in two weeks. The Tide will meet Oklahoma on Dec. 29 in one playoff semifinal, and the quarterback wouldn't commit to a recovery time.
"I couldn't put a timetable on this," Tagovailoa told ESPN on Thursday. "I'm just looking at trying to get better every day, and hopefully it feels a lot better leading up to the game."
For his award, Jeudy bested finalists Andy Isabella of Massachusetts and Tylan Wallace of Oklahoma State.
"I only dreamed about something like this," Jeudy said.
On the season, the sophomore has 59 catches for 1,103 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Outland Trophy winner Williams bested his teammate, offensive tackle Jonah Williams, and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins for the award.
He recorded 66 tackles -- 18 for loss -- and eight sacks in the 2018 season.
Quinnen Williams is the fifth Alabama player to win the award.
--Field Level Media
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