Alabama fans have yet another trophy to celebrate, even though the physical award may never arrive in Tuscaloosa.
Future Crimson Tide quarterback (assuming he sticks to his commitment) Tua Tagovailoa, a Hawaii native, was named MVP of The Opening’s 7-on-7 competition for his work leading his team to the tournament title. Tagovailoa is a four-star pro-style quarterback prospect from historic Hawaii power St. Louis, and he won the MVP honor for his dominance throughout the tournament, but particularly in the title game.
He was also named MVP of the event’s Elite 11 quarterback competition, earning him the two biggest awards of the entire weekend.
Just how good was he? Well, he passed for four touchdowns in the first half alone.
And then he made passes like these:
No, none of these honors or accomplishments on the field ensure that Tagovailoa will be a success in Tuscaloosa. They do, however, offer a glimpse at his promise, and provide plenty of comfort that the level of competition in Hawaii isn’t going to hold him back from succeeding at the next level.