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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa rolls out before throwing a touchdown pass on the first play of the game against Arkansas in the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Fayetteville, Ark., on Oct. 6. Tagovailoa, an alumnus of Saint Louis School in Honolulu, was named a Heisman Trophy finalists today, along with two other quarterbacks.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa today was named one of three finalists for the 84th Heisman Trophy that will be awarded Saturday.

Like Tagovailoa, the other finalists — Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State — are also quarterbacks.

Voting for the prestigious award that recognizes the outstanding player in college football concluded this morning.

Depending on the separation of votes, three to six players are annually invited to New York for Saturday’s announcement ceremony.

Tagovailoa, who had been listed as a favorite to win the award by oddsmakers since early September, was second today in odds posted by online sportsbook Bovada behind Murray. Tagovailoa was a 3/2 pick compared to Murray’s 1/2. Haskins is 60/1.

Tagovailoa, a sophomore who graduated from Saint Louis School in Honolulu, struggled to complete 10-of-25 passes in Saturday’s Southeastern Conference championship game against Georgia, passing for one touchdown and 164 yards but being intercepted twice before being forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

He underwent surgery today for the injury, according to media reports, and is expected back for the College Football Playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma, head coach Nick Saban has said.

Murray, a redshirt junior who has signed a $4.66 million contract to play baseball for Oakland next season, completed 25 of 34 passes for 379 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Sooners’ victory over Texas for the Big 12 Championship.

Haskins, a sophomore, is the Big Ten offensive player of the year and was the most valuable player in the conference’s championship game, completing 31 of 41 passes for 499 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

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