Taulia Tagovailoa earns national attention after breakout performance against Minnesota
Maryland transfer quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa made a statement performance in his second collegiate start, earning national accolades in the process.
Tagovailoa was named the Maxwell Award Player of the Week by the Maxwell Football Club this week. This was followed up by Tagovailoa earning a nod as one of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Great 8 for Week 8.
He was also named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten as well.
Tagovailoa balled out, going 26-of-35 for 394 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in a 45-44 win over Minnesota on Friday night. The big performance came a week after he struggled in his first collegiate start, throwing for just 94 yards as Maryland got spanked 43-3 at Northwestern.
A transfer from Alabama, Tagovailoa earned the starting quarterback position following a training camp battle with Lance Legendre. But after his performance against Minnesota last week, it appears that Tagovailoa is firmly in the driver’s seat and trending upwards.
It has been a Big Ten heavy start to the season from the Maxwell Football Club, who hand out the Maxwell Award to the nation’s top player and the Chuck Bednarik Award for the top defensive player. Last week, Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz for the nod as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week and Rutgers linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi as the Bednarik Award Player of the Week.
The annual Maxwell Award has not been won by a Big Ten player since Larry Johnson of Penn State in 2002. Maryland faces a big test this Saturday against Penn State, who are coming off a tough home loss to Ohio State.
It was a big weekend for Tagovailoa family. On Sunday, Tua Tagovailoa, Taulia’s older brother, made his NFL debut. The first round picked helped the Dolphins to an impressive win against the Los Angeles Rams.