Local quarterbacks take the spotlight in 2018

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throw oranges to the team during the Orange Bowl trophy presentation on Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla. Alabama defeated Oklahoma 45-34 to advance to the CFP title game on Monday against Clemson. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

This time last year Tua Tagovailoa was still a lightly used freshman backup quarterback largely unknown outside of Hawaii and hardcore University of Alabama football faithful.